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Under the coordination of RAI Automotive Industry NL and Brainport Development, a lot of work has been done in recent months to set up three innovation programs that have been submitted to the National Growth Fund. These are proposals on the topics:
The goal is to innovate and scale up together, in order to accelerate the transition to a sustainable mobility and energy system. On Friday 3 February, the proposals were submitted to the National Growth Fund.
By linking charging infrastructure, renewable energy sources, energy storage and other local consumers, local flexibility on the grid is created. This flexibility can be used when the electricity network can no longer cope with the power demand. This offers a solution for grid congestion as well as for the business case of investments in charging infrastructure.
With Bosal Nederland B.V. as the driving partner, the program 'Innovations and roadmaps for a profitable hydrogen chain in mobility' (H2M) has been set up. In the program, 28 partners want to realize a fast and smooth transition to emission-free heavy transport and local energy supply (minigrids). The focus is on applications where electrification does not seem to be a solution. This way, Dutch technology suppliers and industry are building a competitive position in the emerging hydrogen technology market. A special focus is on hydrogen combustion engines for applications in automotive, inland shipping and non-road mobile machinery, Solid Oxide (SO) fuel cell technology for heavy stationary and mobile applications and finally the development of an efficient robust hydrogen compressor technology for the rapid filling of tube trailers, tube containers and other large customers.
With the National Growth Fund, the government will invest € 20 billion between 2021 and 2025 in projects and programs that ensure sustainable economic growth. For the third round (2023), 4 billion euros will be available for both 'knowledge development & research' and 'development & innovation'. The National Growth Fund is an initiative of the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Climate and Finance. They jointly manage the fund on behalf of the cabinet. An independent committee has been set up to assess the submitted applications and give advice. The cabinet will decide in the summer whether funds will be allocated to the submitted programmes.
RAI Automotive Industry NL and Brainport Development have joined forces in the Green & Smart mobility program office to implement the long-term strategy of the HTSM Automotive roadmap in various innovation programmes in collaboration with public partners, knowledge institutions and the Dutch automotive sector. The cooperation in and between the programs forms the basis for programmatically working towards the (climate) goals towards 2030 and 2050.
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