Study of Stationary fuel cell Industry Policy & Promote and Subsidize Stationary Fuel call Power Generation System*


Author:I-Hua Wei




Hydrogen and fuel cell became one of the most important means for the future development of global carbon reduction. In addition to the US, Japan and China, some other countries, such as EU, Germany, French, Australia and Korea have also announced their national hydrogen strategy and invested abundant resources in developing and promoting the hydrogen-related technologies to achieve the goal of zero emission. To further facilitate the development of our hydrogen, fuel cell and related industries, through the collection of secondary data, this plan analyzes how the main countries (Japan, Australia and New Zealand) make their hydrogen and fuel cell policies and how they work out the solutions to the problems they face. This plan also explores the installation of fuel cell in these countries in order to proffer useful advice on designing our development strategy and giving the incentives and thus to add a competitive edge to our hydrogen and fuel cell sectors. On the other hand, since 2009, under the Fuel Cell Demonstration Operation and Validation Subsidization Project funded by the Bureau of Energy of MOEA, the existing fuel cell companies gradually became the key players in this industry. This project even attracts other manufacturers, which are not related to fuel cell, to participate in the promotion and application of fuel cell technology. However, due to these companies’ lack of experience in long-term operation and the factors of stable electric grid, low electricity prices and limited market application, the system cost is still high and the full market liberalization is still difficult. The solutions of these issues need the government support, such as investing resources in the R&D of related technologies. Thus, 2018 to 2020, the Bureau of Energy set up the “Guidelines for Subsidization of Stationary Fuel Cell Generation System” to assist the manufacturers in conducting long-term operation and testing the system durability, reliability and performance. By doing so, the Bureau of Energy hopes to accumulate the data helpful to the development of stationary fuel cell, increase the number of fuel cell system deployments, expand the industry scale and pave the way for the widespread applications of hydrogen energy and fuel cell. 2021 to 2025, the Bureau of Energy will continue to provide subsidies to accelerate the installation of stationary fuel cell generation system in Taiwan and expand the scale and benefits of hydrogen energy applications. Key words:hydrogen & fuel cell, promotion of industrialization