Tomorrow’s mobility and energy supply must be both efficient and low in emissions. It is here that the technology fields of hydrogen, fuel cells and battery electric drives offer great potential for clean mobility, the efficient supply of power and heat, and as storage media for renewable energy. Industry, science and politics are aware of this and are working in a strategic alliance on the market preparation and successful commercialisation of these technologies, which are supported by programmes of the German government. In the long term, the programmes will jointly contribute to achieving climate policy goals – by reducing emissions and the use of fossil fuels as well as promoting the establishment of an electricity-based energy system.
NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology is responsible for coordinating and managing the German government's National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and the Electric Mobility and Charging Infrastructure (LIS – Ladeinfrastruktur) funding guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur). On behalf of the BMVI, NOW also supports the further development of the Mobility and Fuel Strategy (MKS – Mobilitäts- und Kraftstoffstrategie), the implementation of the EU Directive 2014/94/EU on the development of infrastructure for alternative fuels (Clean Power for Transport, CPT). In concrete terms, NOW is involved in the development of an overall strategy, taking into account the individual fuel options, analysing the positions of relevant stakeholders and coordinating projects with German participation, e.g. within the framework of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU – Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit), NOW GmbH supports the environmental technology export initiative (Exportinitiative Umwelttechnologien) in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, as well as German-Japanese cooperation in the field of power-to-gas technology.
Among NOW’s priority tasks are to initiate projects, evaluate applications and pool topics and activities in order to exploit synergies. In addition, NOW also undertakes interdisciplinary tasks such as establishing international cooperation, training and further education, communication at the interface of politics, industry and science, and public relations in order to promote the general perception of the technologies and their perspectives.