Klaus Bonohff, Managing director of the German Hydrogen support and research organisation that had been funded with 2 bn euro until 2026, sends us a short update on the situation.
The German Government has approved to continue the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (NIP) for another ten years (2016-2026). While in the first phase (2007-2016) the target was on market preparation of respective technologies, with the result of market-ready technical performance, the second phase (2016-2026) will focus on (i) continued R&D to further reduce costs and (ii) market activation. Market activation for transportation will especially include support for a commercial development of a hydrogen station network (e.g. via H2 Mobility Germany), development of hydrogen production based on renewable power (electrolysis), incentive programs for fuel cell vehicles (especially rail and busses) and green logistics (FC applications at production sites, airports etc.).
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