The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) is a lighthouse project within the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program. A joint political initiative instigated by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), the CEP was established in December 2002 as a result of the Transport Energy Strategy.
A result of the Transport Energy Strategy (VES), the CEP is the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) lighthouse project in the traffic and transport sector.
Consisting of a consortium of industry partners, the CEP is Europe's largest demonstration project for hydrogen mobility. The German Federal Government has made EUR 200 million R&D funding available, complemented by a further EUR 500 million for the demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in traffic and transport, stationary supply, and special market scenarios. Industry has made a commitment to match government funding, meaning that EUR 1.4 billion will have been invested in hydrogen and fuel cell technology by 2016.