100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

Climate change objectives can be achieved only when more efficient engines and emission-free fuels are implemented into the transport sector simultaneously with increased energy efficiency of buildings.

To a large extent, potential for efficiency savings are assisted by products that include hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and can complement the currently known mobility and energy supply solutions.

Supported by the public sector, industry and academia are working diligently to prepare the market of these technologies. The German National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology – NIP – are providing for the period 2006 to 2016 a total of 1.4 billion euros. These funds come from the budgets of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (€ 700 million) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (200 million euros), plus € 700 million capital contribution of the industry. At the center of politics, industry and science,  NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, can achieve the successful implementation of the program and its content.

NIP implementation status in figures

Since the founding of NOW in 2008, 393 million euros of funding tied was to specific projects. Using funds from the BMWi: 69 projects 159 individual projects, € 28 million funding

Funds from the BMVBS:
15 projects
55 individual projects
for € 65 million funding

For more information see: NOW Press Release (German)