28.09.2016

Government programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology 2016-2026

The federal cabinet has today decided on the government programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology 2016 to 2026.

The federal government has today decided on the government programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology 2016 to 2026. The inter-ministerial programme on the one hand safeguards continuity for research and development, and on the other addresses the support required for market activation of the first products.

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director (Chair) of NOW: “The government programme builds on the successes of the first phase of the NIP (2007-16). In the NIP the degree of technological maturity of, for example, fuel cell vehicles or fuel cell heating devices significantly evolved both technically and economically and a modern branch of industry with around 500 companies and organisations was established. The areas of activity defined in the government programme for the continuation of the NIP provide the framework for the market ramp up that has already begun.”
The implementation of the NIP is carried out through the relevant actions of the participating federal ministries. The BMVI is spending initially 250 million euro by 2019 to support hydrogen and fuel cell technology: the funding guideline for “Measures for research, development and innovation” published on 29.9.2016.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is continuing its support of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the area of applied research and development within the 6th Energy Research Programme with around 25 million euro annually. In addition the BMWi set up a Funding programme for the purchase of fuel cell heating devices for private customers in August 2016 within the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPE).

As already was the case during the first phase of the NIP, the Federal Ministry for the Environment as well as the Federal Ministry for Education and Research continue to be actively involved in the strategic arrangement of the NIP through the structures of NOW GmbH.