Based on the government’s 2016 to 2026 hydrogen and fuel cell technology programme, the interdisciplinary National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) ensures the continuation of research and development in the area while simultaneously addressing the pressing issue of market activation and providing necessary support for initial products.
The implementation of NIP is conducted via the corresponding measures of the federal ministries involved. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) is initially allocating a sum of 250 million euros until 2019 to support hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The Funding Guideline for “Measures of Research, Development and Innovation” / (Förderrichtlinie für “Maßnahmen der Forschung, Entwicklung und Innovation”) was already published on 29 September 2016.
With the Funding Guideline for “Market Activation Measures within the Framework of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Phase 2 (Focus: Sustainable Mobility)” / (“Maßnahmen der Marktaktivierung im Rahmen des Nationalen Innovationsprogramms Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie Phase 2 (Schwerpunkt Nachhaltige Mobilität)” of 17 February 2017, the BMVI supports the market activation of products that have attained market maturity but are not yet competitive in the market, as a preliminary step of the market launch.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi – Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) will continue supporting applied research and development in hydrogen and fuel cell technology with around 25 million euros annually within the framework of the 6th Energy Research Programme. Moreover, in August 2016 the BMWi launched a funding programme within the scope of the National Action Plan Energy Efficiency (NAPE – Nationaler Aktionsplan Energieeffizienz) for the procurement of fuel cell heating devices for private customers.
The Federal Ministries for the Environment as well as Education and Research continue to be actively involved via the structures of NOW GmbH in the strategic development of NIP, as was already the case in the first NIP phase.