The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) celebrated its 10th anniversary last week.
Founded by the German government on 18th February 2008 as a programme management association to coordinate funding under the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), NOW has supported the introduction of clean, sustainable mobility and energy supply at the interface of politics, industry and science over the last ten years.
This first phase – NIP I – concluded in 2016. With a total investment volume of €1.4bn as well as the support of four federal ministries, NIP I helped create an industry comprising some 500 players, from which products from key application areas in the stationary and mobile sectors made the step into the commercial market possible. In late 2017, the federal government resolved to continue the NIP programme and thus confirmed NOW as the Programme Management Association for a further ten-year period.
Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH, draws a positive balance, “Over the past few years, a lot has been done to promote climate protection through the BMVI programmes. Mobility with alternative drives is a reality on the road, on rail and on water; the corresponding refuelling and charging infrastructures are under construction; and the number of municipalities involved in electric mobility is increasing.”
“Overall, we are on the right track, but we must continue to ensure that public sector measures for the integration of renewable energies are planned holistically. After all, the energy and transport transition is a complex process.”
NOW celebrated its 10th anniversary in the atrium of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) under the motto “Mobility and Energy with Batteries and Fuel Cells – Market Preparation, Commercialisation, Challenges of the Future” in the presence of the Federal Minister for Transport and Digital infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer.