Networking constitutes an essential part of our work. Only with good cooperation and a mutually trustful exchange of know-how can future-oriented technology and smart measures be developed and implemented.
Global developments in the areas of sustainable mobility and integrated energy systems are becoming more dynamic. In the past, cooperation has focused mainly on the field of technical challenges, the implementation of innovative technologies and the design of respective funding structures for R&D and market activation. As innovative technologies gain in marketability, the regulative framework for their establishment on the market is now moving more into focus.
Through international collaborations, the NOW, as program company of the Federal Government, represents Germany’s position as an active driver of battery tech-nologies, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in various global markets.
CHINA – Sino-German Electro-Mobility Innovation and Support Center (SGEC)
The virtual Sino German Electro-Mobility Innovation and Support Center (SGEC) was established on the basis of the joint declaration on cooperation in the field of electric mobility with batteries as well as hydrogen and fuel cells between Germany’s BMVI and the PRC’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) together with the cooperation declaration between the China Automotive Technology & Research Center (CATARC) and NOW. German-Chinese cooperation projects in the fields of battery electric mobility, electric mobility with hydrogen fuel cells, safety (battery and hydrogen) and integration of renewable energies take place in the SGEC to promote scientific exchange and the development of a partnership.
Battery-Electric Mobility (including Charging Infrastructure)
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Mobility (including Infrastructure)
Safety (Battery and Hydrogen)
Integration of Renewable Energies (including electricity-based fuels)
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JAPAN – Climate-Friendly Use of Power-To-Gas Technology
NOW supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in the working group on the climate-friendly use of power-to-gas technology with the New Energy and Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
In cooperation with the responsible directorate in NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization), NOW GmbH is identifying and acquiring partners from German and Japanese science and industry for the implementation of a joint cooperation project, with the aim of using power-to-gas technology in a climate-friendly way. In this context suitable locations for a demonstration project in Japan will be defined. In addition NOW GmbH will examine the project approaches identified in terms of their feasibility for the implementation of a demonstration project there.
Parallel to this and in cooperation with NEDO, the information exchange on current questions of integration and operation of power-to-gas will be expanded in the form of regular jointly-run workshops.
The International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) is a consortium of 18 member states plus the European Commission to support and promote the commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Germany is represented in the IPHE via the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with NOW as the coordinating body.
NOW is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) and plays an active role in shaping the focus of the IEA HIA. Within the framework of the IEA HIA, scientists from all over the world exchange their views on joint research projects on hydrogen and fuel cell topics.
Together with the US Department of Energy (DoE), the Japanese NEDO and the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Union, NOW organises the International Workshop on Hydrogen Infrastructure and Transportation, at which experts from the respective national demonstration projects exchange views on the challenges of the practical implementation of existing technical standards and norms.
Within the Mission Innovation association of 24 nations and the EU, NOW leads the Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Challenge alongside the EU and Australia. The Challenge aims at enabling a global hydrogen market. Central topics are the development of integrated concepts, the role of hydrogen in the gas network and in the application of heavy-duty transportation.
Members of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) are the European Commission, Hydrogen Europe Research as well as Hydrogen Europe, the European umbrella association representing the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. NOW not only maintains close contact with the members but also the public-private organisation.