Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)
Member of the Board and head of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies Division
Since October 2020 Professor Dr. Markus Hölzle is member of the ZSW Managing Board and Head of the Electrochemical Energy Technologies division in Ulm. He also holds a position as Professor for Energy Storage and Energy Conversion within the faculty of natural sciences at University of Ulm. ZSW at its Ulm site is working with around 200 employees on Lithium-ion Batteries, PEM fuel cells and Hydrogen. All topics are covered in a holistic approach ranging from materials and component development to full-size system integration and validation. Industry co-operations account for 50% of all projects.
Before joining ZSW, Prof. Dr. Markus Hölzle held several management positions in BASF in the field of chemical catalysts, fuel cells and battery materials. His office locations had been in Ludwigshafen, Houston (TX) and Tokyo. He received his doctorate in electrochemistry from University of Ulm in 1996.
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart has been working for the automotive industry for over 25 years. After earning his engineering Ph.D. he started in consulting 1993, joining Roland Berger as a Senior Partner in 2007. He is globally responsible for Roland Berger's "Advanced Technology Center" (ATC), that monitors technologies in electronics/silicon, software/AI and energy storage (Lithium Ion batteries, fuel cells). Over the last 12 years, he has worked with most major cell players as well as other leading companies along the LiB value chain – from usage in Automotive and ESS, to cathode and anode materials, to mining/refining and recycling companies, as well as Private Equity clients.
Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
Herr Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, studierte Maschinenbau an der RWTH Aachen und an der ENSTA, Paris, Frankreich. Nach seiner Promotion zum Dr.-Ing. an der RWTH Aachen arbeitete er in der Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, bei der Ballard Power Systems GmbH und bei der DaimlerChrysler AG. Er war Sprecher der Geschäftsführung der NOW GmbH Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie bevor er im August 2019 zum Abteilungsleiter Grundsatzangelegenheiten im Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI) berufen wurde. Herr Dr. Bonhoff ist in Nebentätigkeit Lehrbeauftragter an der Technischen Universität Hamburg (TU HH) und Mitglied in verschiedenen Beiräten.
Center of Excellence VW Group Components
Ph.D. student in the cathode development team
From 2014-2019 Mert Dalkilic studied chemistry at Technical University of Berlin. He focused on fuel cell topics, such as synthesis and characterization of nano-scaled, sustainable, metal-free electrocatalysts. During his master’s thesis at BMW Group Munich he performed a holistic degradation analysis of a full-size PEMFC stack from a prototype vehicle and contributed to the development of an electrochemical quantification method for hydrophobicity loss of gas diffusion layers. Since January 2020 he works as a Ph.D. student at VW Group components. Working at ZSW he does research on the synthesis of NMC materials, as well as on the influence of dopants and coatings on structural and electrochemical stability.
Wenger Engineering GmbH
Chief Technology Officer
Umicore AG & Co. KG
Director EU Government Affairs
Dr. Christian Hagelüken is Director EU Government Affairs at Umicore. From 2003-2011 he was head of Business Development in Umicore’s Precious Metals Refining unit. Before, he held various management positions in the precious metals department of Degussa AG. His work focusses on metals recycling, sustainable metals management and circular economy.
Christian represents Umicore in policy initiatives, associations, expert groups and research collaborations, including the EU Raw Materials Initiative, the BDI Raw Materials Committee and the Circular Economy Initiative Germany. In 2021, he was appointed to the Resources Commission of the Federal Environment Agency.
Christian holds university degrees in mining engineering and industrial engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, where he also received his Ph.D.
Tel: +49 6181 59 4294
Date of birth: 01.04.1973, male, German,
Contact data: josef.kallo_at_h2fly.de | Phone: +49 (0)731 5025541
Address: Äxtlestr. 6, 70599 Stuttgart
1993 - 1998 Electrical Engineering (Diploma) with scientific cooperation work stay in
Newark, Delaware (USA)
2004 Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in electrical engineering, University Ulm
Professional Experience and current appointments
1999 – 2006 Project Engineer, Global Alternative Propulsion Centre, General Motors, Mainz-Kastel, focus on:
- Hybrid powertrains for car applications,
- Test/trak engineer for hybrid powertrain and hydrogen applications,
- Project management, patent appliance support and decision.
2006 - 2021 Head of Energy Systems Integration Department, German Aerospace Centre responsible for simulation/modelling and hardware test/experiments in 3 research groups (ca. 32 researchers):
- Battery and fuel cell system integration in to stationary, mobile and aircraft applications,
- Emission free Airbus A320 electric nose wheel drive,
- Highly integrated battery system for space application
- Electric aircraft propulsion for Antares DLR H2 and HY4,
- Hybrid powerplant – Fuel Cells and Gas Turbine Hybrid,
- Industrial electrolyser up to 1 MW scale,
- Techno-economic analysis of synthetic fuel production process.
2014 - Founder and CEO of H2FLY GmbH Start-up – ARP 4754 development, support for integration of new electric powertrain concepts in to aircraft environment, owner of HY4 – the first 4 seater hydrogen, electric aircraft.
2015 - Appointment as Full Professor (W3m.L.) for energy conversion and storage systems, University Ulm, (ca. 18 researchers in 2 groups)
- electrical, high performance machines, thermal and E-field management,
- highly integrated power electronic components (DC/DC/AC),
- energy management for hybrid (battery + ICE/fuel cells) powertrains,
- emission mapping and optimization of internal combustion gasoline engines.
2017 - PI at the Helmholtz Intitute for Electrochemical Energy Storage, Ulm
International activities, awards, publications and scientific supervision
- Co-ordinator of national BMWI/BMBF/BMU Projects: Elbasys, Effesys, FuchS, DIANA, Dokasch, Brist, Antares DLR H2, PAxell, BZ-MOD, STEVE, LastElsys, HY4, HighV, Go4H2, Bezel, MAHEPA, FLYhYSAfe, Bilbo, HIGHV - all focused on battery
+ hybrid electric powertrain architecture and implementation for aircraft and
- Initiating partner in 6 EU-RTD projects
- Chairman and founder of E2Flight, electric flight – conference, 2014-2019
- Chairman of IQPC More Electric Aircraft Symposium 2015-2019, Hamburg, Washington and Seattle
- International research collaboration with partners in Japan (JAXA), France (CEA, Onera), Spain (INTA), etc.
- f-cell Award and Clean Tech Media Award for electrochemical system integration in aircraft applications
- 30 publications in ISI listed journals, over 100 conference talks and publications
- Author or co-author of 12 patents and patent applications, h-index (Th. Reuters): 8, (Google Scholar): 14
- responsible for more than 105 Mio Euro funding acquisition for research projects focused on electric powertrain from energy storage (electric, hydrogen, synthetic fuels, ICE, etc.) to electric energy conversion, supply, management, cooling, power electronics and motor.
- Supervision of 16 PhD students and more than 80 diploma/master/bachelor students
Lectures, yearly since 2015:
- Power Electronics – Master course
- Energy Technology – Master Course
- Introduction in Energy Technology – Bachelor Course
- Energy Science and Technology 1 – Master Course, english
- Energy Science and Technology 2 – Master Course, english
- Renewable Energy Use and Distributed Energy Technologies – Master Course, English
- Private Pilot, single and multi engine, 900h PIC
President Process Research & Chemical Engineering
Detlef Kratz studied chemistry in Heidelberg and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1991. After spending one year as a postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, United States, he joined BASF in 1992 and headed a team of researchers in the former Ammonia Laboratory, one of four research divisions at the time. This was followed by various positions in Ludwigshafen in production as deputy plant manager and in strategic technology.
In 2003, he moved to Singapore, where he was responsible for the Petrochemicals Business, which focused on establishing larger Verbund sites in Malaysia and China and expanding BASF's market presence in Asia. Back in Ludwigshafen, he headed the business unit Industrial Petrochemicals until 2012, when he became head of the newly established "Corporate Technology & Operational Excellence" department. His area of responsibility included how BASF production plants around the world could be optimally used and further developed, and what BASF's future technology landscape would have to look like to meet future challenges. In this function, he was also a member of the BASF Commission for Investments and Acquisitions.
In 2018, the circle was complete and Detlef Kratz returned to the Ammonia Laboratory, which today corresponds to the research area "Process Research & Chemical Engineering". Since then, he has headed one of three research divisions at BASF with around 2,500 employees worldwide. The research focus is on chemical synthesis, the development and scaling-up of new and the improvement of existing processes, the production of heterogeneous catalysts and innovative battery materials, as well as topics related to CO2-reduced production, known as Carbon Management.
Detlef Kratz has recently been appointed to lead BASF’s new central research division with around 3,500 employees in which BASF will bundle all research activities in the course of the second quarter of 2022 as part of a reorganization of R&D.
cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG.
Christian Mohrdieck is Managing Director of cellcentric GmbH & Co. KG. Previously he was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell GmbH and Managing Director of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co KG.
Having completed diploma and PhD studies of physics in Germany and France, Christian Mohrdieck began his professional career 1989 in research at Daimler-Benz AG in Frankfurt.After heading the R&T Executive Board Office in Stuttgart, he was responsible for Fuel Cell Systems at Daimler Chrysler Corporation in the USA. Back in Germany, Christian Mohrdieck became Head of Structural Materials at Daimler-Chrysler Research. From 2005 to 2012 he led the Fuel Cell and Li-Ion battery R&D at Daimler. Since 2012 Christian Mohrdieck has been Head of Fuel Cell at the Daimler Group and CEO of NuCellSys GmbH since 2015.
Being a Honorary Professor, he teaches at the University of Ulm and the Technical University of Vienna.
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
Leiter „Forschung und Entwicklung“
Prof. Dr. Wolfram Münch ist seit 2001 Leiter „Forschung und Entwicklung“ der EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. Nach seinem Studium der Physik und Mathematik in Heidelberg und Cambridge arbeitete er von 1990 bis 2001 in unterschiedlichen Funktionen im Ressort „Forschung und Technologie“ der damaligen Daimler-Benz AG in Ulm und in Stuttgart. Nebenberuflich war Prof. Münch von 1991 bis 2001 am Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart als Wissenschaftler tätig. Nach der Habilitation an der Universität Ulm im Jahr 2000 wurde er im Jahr 2009 zum außerplanmäßigen Professor ernannt.
H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Referentin der Geschäftsführung & Projektmanagerin Strategie
Nora Oberländer is an engineer and business strategy professional with a profound expertise in hydrogen mobility and hydrogen infrastructure development. She has studied at the technical university of Berlin as well as in Sweden and Singapore. Her previous professional experience has been in strategy and digital transformation consulting at PwC as well as in the solar energy sector working for national and international clients. At H2 MOBILITY she focuses on the strategic development of the company including business development for new markets and costumers, internationalization, green hydrogen scouring as well as HRS development for heavy duty applications.
Center of Competence Hydrogen & Fuel Cells - STELLANTIS
Manager, Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Deployment Strategy
Dr. Lars Peter Thiesen began his career at Opel/GM in 1998 at the Fuel Cell Activities department. Since then, he held various positions and responsibilities in this area like fuels for fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen infrastructure or communications. Currently, in a leading role at Stellantis’ Center of Competence Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, he is responsible for the hydrogen and fuel cell deployment strategy.
Prior to his career at Opel/Stellantis, Lars Peter Thiesen worked as a scientist at the University of Kiel, Germany specialized in renewable energies. He holds a PhD in Natural Sciences (Physics).