The ZBT and its staff have now gained more than 15 years of experience in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology and are well known, also internationally, for application-oriented research. The topic is gaining more and more public attention, and the German federal states and government are developing hydrogen strategies. The allocation of funding in this area is appropriate, and with good ideas and a good network a project can usually be financed. This favourable situation naturally also inspires other institutions to act, and competition in this field is thus constantly growing. Based on its many years of experience, right down to the details of the technology, the ZBT is also able to hold its own against competitors in the field of well-funded research. It is therefore important for the ZBT to have German industry and in particular flexible medium-sized companies from the field as partners.