Hydrogen mobility can be experienced in real-life situations in the future: In Berlin today, Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, presented “future cheques” totalling around 23.5 million euros. The spectrum of the funded projects ranges from forklifts through the equipment of a ride pooling fleet to the development of a hydrogen bus and a fuel cell-powered street swiping machine.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said:
Hydrogen, fuel cells and electricity will power the future. In recent years, we have seen many studies and pilot projects. Now, it is time for these innovations to become reality on our roads – because we have to convince the citizens that these technologies are functioning and are a real milestone on the way towards the carbon neutral mobility of tomorrow.
The funding support is part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (NIP) that the Federal Government launched in 2006 to invest in research and development. The Programme is designed to support in different fields of application the first products that are necessary to activate the market.
Future cheques were awarded to the following projects:
GHT Mobility GmbH (CleverShuttle)
Procurement of 50 fuel cell powered vehicles to improve innovative mobility services on the basis of IT optimized ride pooling
Funding: 754,622.00 euros
Deutsche Post DHL Group
Procurement of 500 fuel cell vehicles (Streetscooter) to be used for parcel delivery services of the Deutsche Post DHL Group
Funding: 9,822,330.00 euros
HGVs: MAN & Shell with Anleg GmbH and TU Braunschweig
Development and trialling of a fuel cell system and a mobile and independent refuelling facility for heavy goods vehicles
Funding: 8,121,251 euros
FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Development of refuse collection vehicles and swiping machines with hydrogen-powered fuel cell drivetrains
Funding: 521,241.00 euro
Development of a battery electric city bus whose range is extended through a fuel cell
Funding: 3,309,652.00 euros
Günsel Fördertechnik und Fahrzeugbau GmbH
Procurement of 89 hydrogen-powered materials handling vehicles to be used for intralogistics processes at the BMW plant in Leipzig
Funding: 1,024,094.00 euros
Further information on hydrogen infrastructure and funding
- Hydrogen mobility is urgently required for achieving the climate change targets.
- In the context of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme NIP II (2016-2026), the Federal Government is funding the market introduction of these technologies through its funding guidelines on research and development as well as on market activation.
- Specifically, this includes funding for the procurement of applications involving hydrogen und fuel cell technology across all modes of transport. Funds totalling around 250 million euros are available until 2019, and the financial planning of the 2019 budget provides for another 481 million euros over the period to 2022.
- During the first phase of the NIP (2006-2016), the Federal Government and the industry in total already provided 1.4 billion euros for technology promotion and demonstration projects.
- The Federal Government supports the upgrading target of 100 refuelling stations by 2020. The NOW GmbH coordinates the NIP. During the first phase of the NIP (2006-2016), 50 public hydrogen refuelling points for passenger cars were funded. In 2018, after a first call, funding for another 20 refuelling stations was granted in the context of the NIP 2. Most of the 75 refuelling stations currently in operation are operated by the industry joint venture H2 Mobility.
Current state of hydrogen filling stations in Germany (October 2019):
- 75 in operation
- 6 completed
- 3 under approval
- 15 in planning
- In the current climate action package, hydrogen and fuel cell technology also plays a key role for achieving carbon neutral mobility. The National Hydrogen Strategy is to be presented before the end of this year.
Further information on this topic can be accessed here.