Second round of the BMVI competition for regional concepts launched

Regions that want to use clean hydrogen energy in a regional hydrogen economy can now apply for state funding as HyExperts. Potential HyExperts are regions where stakeholders already have project approaches which are to be further specified over the course of the funding and integrated into a joint regional hydrogen concept. All aspects of the regional value chain: production, transport, infrastructure and applications – particularly in the transport sector – will be considered. The search for HyExperts is part of the competition “HyLand – Hydrogen regions in Germany” from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Regions that have already identified potential or gained initial experience with hydrogen and fuel cells, found project partners and formulated project ideas can apply for funding as HyExperts. There is an award subsidy of 400,000 euros available for each region to help further develop the concepts up to implementation stage.

Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director (Chair) NOW GmbH: Decentralisation and regionalism are the cornerstones of the energy and transport transition. Through funding the hydrogen regions we are supporting districts, municipalities and their municipal utilities to network with business and industry players and to develop viable concepts for integrating clean hydrogen into different areas of application. We are delighted that the competition is now entering the next round and hope for strong participation.

The competition is open as of now until 18 June 2021.


The funding in detail

  • Only regional authorities are eligible recipients of the 400,000 euros, which is why they must take the lead in submitting the project outlines.
  • For the purposes of creating the regional project, outgoings for consultancy, planning and services by one or more qualified service providers are eligible for funding. Part of this tender can also be appropriate funding for public awareness and participation, provided this is reasonable and necessary for the creation of the regional concept.
  • This is a full subsidy covering 100 per cent of costs to a maximum of 400,000 euros.
  • The services must be tendered and awarded by the regions themselves, with a public tender process to be carried out according to the relevant legal requirements.


More information on the funding, the procedure, competition documentation and conditions of participation are on the federal funding portal easy-Online.

Contact for questions about the programme:
Alexander Gehling, NOW GmbH

Contact for funding isssues:
Stefan Gaida, PtJ