The Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV) is supporting electrolysis plants for hydrogen production for the transport sector with a new funding call within the scope of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II). The project funding is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

The Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) is funding electrolysis plants for the production of green hydrogen for the transport sector and is making up to 80 million euros available for this purpose. A corresponding call for funding was published today.

Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital and Transport: “Hydrogen and fuel cell applications are a future technology with great potential for the transport sector. We must make use of all technologies in order to achieve our climate protection goals. Hydrogen is an important complement to battery-electric mobility, especially when it comes to heavy loads and long ranges. In 2030, almost every fifth newly registered commercial vehicle will run on hydrogen. We support the use of hydrogen in transport to make mobility and logistics climate-friendly. The aim is to strengthen the entire hydrogen ecosystem, to increase supply and demand as well as to position the transport sector as a reliable hydrogen buyer with strong purchasing power. That is why we are funding the construction of electrolysis facilities for the production of green hydrogen for transport with a funding volume totalling up to 80 million euros.”

The funding call is part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Phase II (2016 – 2026) and is being conducted within the scope of the Market Activation funding guideline (“Förderrichtlinie Marktaktivierung”). The aim of the funding is to activate the market (as a preliminary stage of the market ramp-up) for products that have reached technical market maturity but are not yet competitive on the market. The funding quota for the support of electrolysis installations is up to 45 percent of the investment expenditure.

Details regarding the funding call for electrolysis

The current funding call focuses on the support of electrolysis facilities for the production of hydrogen for the transport sector. Eligible for funding is the construction of electrolysis plants with a minimum electrical output of 1 megawatt.

Applicants must ensure that the electrolysis facilities are operated wholly with electricity from renewable energy sources. A total of up to 80 million euros is available for project funding under this call. The funding agency will prioritise the applications and approve them until the funds available for this purpose in the budget are exhausted. Prioritisation will be based on the following criteria:

  • Funding efficiency: Requested funding per kW of electrical power.
  • Purchase concept: Hydrogen supply of concrete transport applications (with letters of intent, if applicable) incl. subsequent potential
  • Electricity and water purchase concept: Electricity supply contracts with RE plants (Power Purchase Agreement); technology of renewable energy source; electricity from new plants preferred; grid-serving operation preferred; concept for water purchase incl. proof of availability, if applicable
  • Business model: Traceability of income and expenses; detailed cost and time schedule; specification of relevant boundary conditions and assumptions
  • Regional value chains: Involvement of local stakeholders; procurement and purchase without long transport routes; synergies with existing infrastructure

Applications for funding can be submitted until 28.04.2023.

Information on all current funding calls is now available here.

Details on how to apply, templates, other documents required for the application as well as a checklist for the application and the FAQ on the funding call can be found on the website of the project management organisation.

All applications must be submitted via the easy-Online portal.

Interested parties also have the opportunity to learn about the new funding call in an online seminar on 24 February 2023. You can register for the online seminar here.

Contact the Renewable Fuels Team at NOW GmbH: .