The hydrogen and
fuel cell center

Your Contact

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Karstedt

head of
Department fuel cells and stacks

phone: +49-203-7598-1178
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Fuel cell vehicles

ZBT develops fuel cell systems for automotive applications in cooperation with partners from the automotive industry. Highly efficient electric powertrains with performance, range and refuelling times comparable to conventional powertrains can be realized in battery/fuel cell hybrid configurations. Fuel cells as range extenders for battery electric vehicles enable a compact packaging, a reduced system complexity and a significant cost reduction potential.







BREEZE range extender module and demonstrator vehicle (Cooperation ZBT, FEV, Gräbener and RWTH Aachen; source: FEV)*

With more than 100 technical experts as well as outstanding lab infrastructure and test equipment ZBT offers industrial partners independent fuel cell system engineering support focusing on:

Stack development

  • In-situ / Ex-situ analyses
  • Simulation
  • MEA benchmarks
  • Development of metallic bipolar plates and characterization of coatings
  • Performance and durability testing
  • Operating strategy optimization
  • Certification
  • Production of prototypes/small series
  • Production technology development for series production

Balance of plant component development

  • Component specification
  • System simulation
  • Material development and qualification
  • Component development
  • Validation of components and subsystems

System development

  • System simulation
  • Design and packaging
  • Controller development
  • Performance and durability testing
  • System certification

Please contact us if you are interested or if you have further questions!

* The work is being performed within the project "BREEZE: Brennstoffzellen Range Extender Elektrofahrzeug: Zero Emissions". The project EM/1020B (6/2011-6/2014) is funded by the Ministry of Finance, Energy and Infrastructure of the state of North Rhine-Westfalia and the European Fund for Regional Development of the European Union within the program "Ziel2.NRW Regionale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Beschäftigung", partners are FEV GmbH, Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH & Co. KG and RWTH Aachen University.

Last update:  17.08.2023