The “Environmental Technologies Export Initiative” of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU – Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit) aims to proliferate environmental technologies. In doing so, it contributes to sustainable development and better living conditions in other countries and creates market opportunities for technology providers.

Hydrogen technologies are very much in demand worldwide, with developers and users in industrialised nations as well as emerging economies being equally interested in their expansion. With immediate effect, the BMU’s export initiative is therefore providing new funding opportunities for green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for decentralised, off-grid power supply. NOW GmbH supports the BMU in initiating and successfully accompanying such projects.

Florian Pronold, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMU, and Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH, kicked off the cooperation with a digital launch on 25 February 2021. Dr. Julius von der Ohe (NOW GmbH) spoke on the topic of “Replacing Diesel Generators”, followed by Nilgün Parker (BMU), Christina Wittek (BMWi), Dr. Henrik Colell (Clean Power Net), Annika Schüttler (Project Leader Energy & Sustainability, AHK Chile) and Dr. Kathrin Goldammer (Reiner Lemoine Institute), who highlighted various perspectives on the challenges and potentials that the dynamically growing international market for decentralised and off-grid power supply poses.

Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH: “Stationary fuel cells have enormous potential wherever off-grid or grid-independent power supply is required.  Dialogue, knowledge transfer and cooperation at an international level are essential to enable the market ramp-up of this technology. We look forward to supporting the Environmental Technologies Export Initiative in the future with know-how, contacts, experience and with our passion for this subject.”

Further information (in German):

Environmental Technologies Export Initiative

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