Six hydrogen mobility projects in Germany have been boosted by a share of €23.5m ($26.2m) of funding from the BMVI (Federal Ministry and Digital Infrastructure).
Hydrogen mobility is urgently needed to achieve the climate protection goals, the BMVI says, and projects set to benefit from the funding include hydrogen-powered forklift trucks, buses, road sweepers and street scooters.
The funding is part of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), with which the Federal Government has been investing in research and development since 2006.
The programme is intended to support the first products required for market activation in various fields of application.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, commented, “Hydrogen, fuel cells and electricity move the future. We have seen many studies and pilot projects in recent years. We really need them on the road now – because today we have to convince citizens that the technology works and is a real milestone towards tomorrow’s carbon-neutral mobility.”
The projects set to receive funding are:
- GHT Mobility GmbH (CleverShuttle) – €754,622 ($839,630) for the procurement of 50 fuel cell vehicles to develop an innovative mobility offering based on IT-optimised ride pooling
- Deutsche Post DHL Group – €9.8m ($10.9m) for the procurement of 500 fuel cell street scooters for use in the parcel delivery service at Deutsche Post DHL Group
- MAN & Shell with Anleg GmbH and TU Braunschweig – €8.1m ($9m) for the development and testing of a fuel cell system as well as a mobile and self-sufficient refuelling device in the area of application of heavy commercial vehicles
- FAUN Environmental Technology GmbH & Co. KG – €521,241 ($579,958) for the development of hydrogen-based fuel cell fuel garbage collection trucks and sweepers
- EvoBus GmbH – €3.3m ($3.7m) for the development of a battery electric city bus with range extension by a fuel cell
- Günsel Fördertechnik and Fahrzeugbau GmbH – €1.02m ($1.12m) for the procurement of 89 hydrogen-powered industrial trucks for intralogistics use at the BMW Leipzig plant.
Hydrogen infrastructure and funding
In the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II – 2016 2026), coordinated by NOW GmbH, the Federal Government promotes the market introduction of the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with funding guidelines for research and development as well as market activation.
Specifically, this involves support in the transport sector-wide procurement of applications with hydrogen and fuel cell technology. By 2019, funds amounting to around €250m ($278m) are ready; the financial programming in the budget 2019 envisages another €481m ($535m) by 2022.
In the first phase of the NIP (2006 2016), the Federal Government and industry have already provided a total of €1.4bn ($1.6bn) for technology promotion and demonstration projects.
The Federal Government supports the target of 100 hydrogen stations in Germany by 2020. There are currently 75 stations in operation with a further six completed, three in approval and 15 in planning.
Germany is expected to unveil a National Hydrogen Strategy by the end of the year.