Holding the leadership in Member State approach to supporting Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration technology, Germany has put in place a dedicated programme (KfW433) to encourage early adopter uptake of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration and promote the further industrialisation of this technology, thus bringing it closer to mass market commercialisation.
The KfW433 funding programme was launched in 2016 by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy in Germany based upon respective public-private activities coordinated by NOW GmbH, the German National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. The scheme, managed by the KFW Bank, Germany’s promotional bank, provides a further push for faster market uptake of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration.
Already 1,100 applications had been obtained by July 2017. The figures are in line with expectations. The federal government has been providing subsidies for installation in private households for around one year. The funding programme is now being expanded to also include companies and municipalities. The long term goal is to increase the number of such subsidised systems to 75,000 annually.
KfW 433 also fosters the training of installers on installation and maintenance of the systems. Such trainings are carried out by manufacturers and based on training materials for tradespeople developed during the Callux project.
The KfW433 programme, following on from Callux, is the result of a successful public-private coalition in the frame of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies run by NOW GmbH and the manufacturer and utility coalition called Initiative Brennstoffzelle (IBZ). It reflects the recognised potential of FC micro-CHP in Germany which is considered to be a key technology for the decarbonisation of our energy system.
In the words of Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW,
KfW433 is a flagship programme in Germany providing government support towards mass market deployment. Fuel Cell micro-CHP technology has already gained the recognition of consumers and, thanks to the support of the KfW bank, the successful implementation of the programme is already delivering remarkable results
The German success case provides a good example for other European markets to continue the momentum towards reaching mass commercialisation for these home energy solutions, while PACE is already contributing to the development of new markets around Europe.
 NOW GmbH (National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) is responsible for the coordination and management of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) as well as federal programs supporting market ramp-up of sustainable mobility solutions of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). More information here: https://www.now-gmbh.de/