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The funding initiative entitled “energy transition in the transport sector: sector coupling through the use of electricity-based fuels” has been launched today, serving to link together the energy sector, the transport sector and the maritime industry more closely with respect to technology and innovation policy. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is providing around 130 million euros worth of funding over the coming three years, thereby setting incentives for the use of synergies through ambitious innovative and system-oriented research and development projects.

The focus of the funding initiative is on research projects which seek to produce and use alternative electricity-based fuels and to integrate the latest technologies into the energy sector. Electricity-based fuels can be used in passenger vehicles, lorries, sea-faring vessels, construction equipment or in stationary industrial engines. Based on a cross-sectoral approach, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is also providing funding for research and development in the field of maritime systems using synthetic fuels and smart micro-grids in port areas.

State Secretary Beckmeyer said: “The new funding initiative seeks to link innovative energy technologies with maritime technologies. In this way, we are making progress on the energy transition in the transport sector. At the same time, the use of low-carbon and low-emission combustion engines is opening up new opportunities for German industry.”

The ministry has commissioned Jülich project management (PtJ) and TÜV Rheinland project management (PT TÜV) with the administration of the funding initiative. Detailed information on this topic is available on the webpages of PtJ (in English) and PT TÜV (in German): and