Archive for the 'Fuel Cells' Category

Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act Amendment (KWKG 2016) Available – BDEW Critical

A ministrial draft for a recast of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) is now available on the internet. KWKG promotes power generated in CHP plants as well as heating and cooling networks and the respective storage facilities. The draft does not change the goal of a share of power generated in CHP plants of 25% by 2020, but contains many other amendments. They correspond mostly to the key points we informed about on 17 July 2015. The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has voiced criticism and demanded changes.

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New Ministerial Draft for Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG) 2016: First Key Elements

A revised ministerial draft on the planned amendment of the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWKG 2016) is currently being discussed. The draft has not yet been officially released, but some key elements are already being discussed. Reportedly, the draft will provide for a phasing-out of the coal-fired combined heat and power (CHP), a change in the CHP expansion target and an increase of the CHP support for electricity from CHP plants. The previous support for electricity from CHP which is not fed into the grid for the general supply shall be dropped, with a few exceptions. In addition, mandatory direct marketing of electricity from CHP plants with more than 100 kilowatts shall be introduced.

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BMVI Investment Grants for Fuel Cell CHP Plants

A funding regulation (Förderrichtlinie) by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) provides the possibility for commercial enterprises and regional authorities to apply for one-time grants for highly-efficient large fuel-cell based CHP plants supplying industrial plants or large (residential) property with an electrical capacity of up to 20 kW.

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2013 German Election Energy Party Profiles – Part 3: Grid Extension, Electricity Storage and Smart Grids

Today we continue our series on the competing parties’ agendas for the upcoming federal elections focusing on the parties positions on the extension of grids and energy storage, the implementation of smart grids and of demand-side-management.  These issues generally relate to system operators’ obligations and therefore are subject to the regulatory framework governing transmission and distribution system operators.

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MoU signed for new European Association for Storage of Energy

On the occasion of a European conference concerning European energy research, a Memorandum of Understanding for the foundation of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) was signed, the German utilitiy RWE AG, one of the signatories, announced.

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German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts

We are happy to report that we have reached 250 blog posts! Continue reading ‘German Energy Blog Reaches 250 Posts’

German Heliatek GmbH Achieves Breakthrough in Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

As part of a joint research project carried out together with the Technical University of Dresden’s Institute of Applied Photo-Physics, the Dresden-based Heliatek GmbH  has achieved a break-through in organic solar-cell efficiency. With a certified efficiency of 7.7 % over an active area of 1.1 cm², a new record was set for organic solar cells. Continue reading ‘German Heliatek GmbH Achieves Breakthrough in Organic Solar Cell Efficiency’

German Fuel Cell Specialist eZelleron GmbH Receives Venture Capital Financing

eZelleron GmbH, Dresden, was able to secure a first financing round for the further development of its protected fuel cell  technology. The German investor eCapital invests alongside Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and Fraunhofer Venture. eCapital invests using its specialised cleantech fund (eCapital III). The volume of the venture capital financing is € 2,4m. Continue reading ‘German Fuel Cell Specialist eZelleron GmbH Receives Venture Capital Financing’