Berlin, 12 May 2022 – Federal Minister Dr. Wissing opened the HyLand Symposium in Berlin today. In addition to presenting the subsidy notes to the second round HyExperts and greeting the 15 new HyStarter regions, he announced another call in the HyPerformer category. All categories are now in the second phase of the BMDV initiative: ‘HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany’.

Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport: “HyLand’s regional approach means we are rolling out hydrogen nationwide and helping another 30 regions develop concepts for a local hydrogen economy. I am particularly pleased to announce a second round in the HyPerformer category as well, enabling us to support more regions in future through investment grants so they can implement their hydrogen concepts. We are making a significant contribution here to implementing the German hydrogen strategy and achieving our climate protection objectives.”

In the second round, a total of 30 additional German regions so far are focusing on hydrogen from renewable energies:  Federal Minister Wissing welcomed the winners in the HyLand network that were successful in the HyExperts and HyStarter category in the HyLand competition. As part of the HyLand network, the regions with the relevant funding instruments and networks will be supported and accompanied in creating regionally integrated concepts for launching hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transport.

New call for the HyPerformer category officially confirmed

The third and highest category of the HyLand competition is now also entering the second round. In the first HyLand phase, up to 20 million euros of investment subsidies to implement already existing regional hydrogen concepts were allocated to each of the three HyPerformers. The overall project volume of the three HyPerformers amounted to a total of 195 million euros. These approaches span the entire hydrogen value chain in a given region, from production, storage and distribution infrastructure, to diverse transport applications (buses, municipal utility vehicles, trucks, cars, etc.).

The precise funding conditions of the second HyPerformer phase will be made known in a timely manner.


About HyLand

‘HyLand – Hydrogen regions in Germany’ is a competition first launched by the BMDV in 2019, now entering its second round. HyLand motivates stakeholders in all regions across Germany to initiate, plan and implement hydrogen concepts. The goal of the competition is to identify and support the most innovative and promising regional concepts. In the first phase of the HyLand programme, 25 regions were already funded and supported to establish a hydrogen economy. Many regions have already submitted their final reports and feasibility studies and are currently about to enter the next phase of development. The funding is part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology 2016-2016. HyLand is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

In the HyExperts category, funding of up to 400,000 euros was made available to each of the winning regions’ local authorities. Winners can use the funding for consultancy, planning and services. The objective is to create a feasible overall concept for a regional hydrogen economy.

The winners in the HyExperts category:

Ostalbkreis (Baden-Württemberg), District of Reutlingen (Baden-Württemberg), District of Havelland (Brandenburg), KielRegion (Schleswig-Holstein), Town of Hagen (North-Rhine Westphalia), Stralsund-Rügen (Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania), District of Wartburgkreis (Thuringia), State capital Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate), Werra-Meißner district (Hesse), District of Düren (North-Rhine Westphalia), City of Chemnitz (Saxony), District of Passau (Bavaria), District of Lindau (Bavaria), District of Neustadt an der Waldnaab (Bavaria), District of Helmstedt (Lower Saxony)

The 15 winners of the ‘HyStarter’ category will receive one year of technical and organisational support in the HyStarter II category for developing a hydrogen concept tailored to the region and for the formation of a network for local hydrogen stakeholders. The regional networks from politics, municipal companies, industry, commerce and society, all jointly develop concept ideas and projects with a focus on transport applications.

The winners in the HyStarter category:

Town of Bendorf (Rhineland-Palatinate), Four-gated town of Neubrandenburg (Mecklenburg-Western Pommerania), Ostfriesland (Lower Saxony), Westpfalz region (Rhineland-Palatinate), Perl (Saarland), InterFranken industrial and commercial area association (Bavaria), District of Altenburger Land (Thüringia), Town of Bad Bentheim (Lower Saxony), District of Eichstätt (Bavaria), Hanseatic town of Wismar (Mecklenburg- Western Pommerania), State capital Munich (Bavaria), District of Soest (North-Rhine Westphalia), District of Göppingen (Baden-Württemberg), District of Kulmbach (Bavaria), Rheinhessen-Nahe (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Further information on HyLand as well as the final reports can be found here:

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