CEP Clean Energy Partnership CEP-FAQ
CEP Clean Energy Partnership CEP-FAQ

FAQ – Key Questions and Answers at a Glance

We have compiled the questions most frequently asked in our many conversations and encounters, and answered them with our positions in mind. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to send your questions to us using the contact form.

What is the CEP?

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) was founded in December 2002 as a public-private initiative under the lead management of Germany’s Federal Transport Ministry, in order to realise low-emissions and low-noise mobility. Its objective is to test the suitability of hydrogen as a fuel for everyday use. Technology, oil and power companies, as well as most major car manufacturers and leading public transport companies are participating in this trailblazing demonstration project.

What is the NIP?

The National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) was launched in 2006 as an alliance of Germany’s public, private and academic sector. The NIP is divided into three programme areas: ‘Transport and hydrogen infrastructure’, ‘Stationary energy supply’, and ‘Special Markets’. The aim is to promote the market preparation of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Since 2008, the CEP has been an NIP beacon project in the transport sector.

The innovation programme is coordinated by the government-owned NOW GmbH (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology) koordiniert. In the NIP, the German federal government is providing 700 million euros in funds specifically to demonstrate the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. This sum is doubled by contributions from industry, so that by 2016 about 1.4 billion euros will have been invested in hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Germany.

Can I apply for an internship or to work on my bachelor’s/master’s thesis at the CEP?

The CEP is not a legal entity. The work of the CEP takes place exclusively in committees and working groups with representatives from the participating companies and independent service providers. So please contact the individual partner companies directly if you are interested in an internship or a thesis.

Who can become a member of the CEP? What requirements must be met?

The aim of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) is the technological development of hydrogen as a fuel for the transport sector, and to test its suitability for everyday use and systems compatibility. In principle the partnership is open to other industry and service partners that support the CEP’s goals and that can make an active contribution over a long period of time, either independently or as part of a joint project within the overall project. It is up to the CEP Steering Committee to decide whether an applicant’s planned contribution represents a clear added value for the CEP. At this time, the following subject areas can be used as guidance for possible projects: ‘car mobility’, ‘bus mobility’, ‘hydrogen production and distribution’ and ‘hydrogen refuelling infrastructure’. For further information about membership, please use our contatform.


The Clean Energy Partnership is one of the most important international projects to test hydrogen as a fuel. It revolves around the development of technical standards – from production to swift, safe fuelling to the operation of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

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