The hydrogen and
fuel cell center


Your Contact

Dr.-Ing. Peter Beckhaus

managing director

phone: +49-203-7598-3020

Your Contact

Prof. Dr. Harry Hoster

scientific director

phone: +49 203 7598-0


Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Oberschachtsiek

technical operations manager ZBT

phone: +49 203 7598-4280
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Your Contact

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Jonas Sudhoff

Commercial services director

phone: +49 163 136-4226

The Company ZBT

ZBT is a non-profit limited company (GmbH), Share holder ist University Duisburg-Essen. CEO is Dr Peter Beckhaus and scientific head is Professor Dr Harry Hoster.


  • 2000 First concepts for the project ZBT
  • 2001 business plan, foundation of ZBT GmbH, grant notification (15,4 Mio €)
  • 2002 personal build-up, first scientific projects in the premises of university, acquisition of first industrial projects, planning of ZBT institute building, cut of first sod
  • 2003 ZBT has 26 staff members, the new premise is furnished and inaugurated
  • 2005 ZBT becomes non profit limited company (gGmbH), University Duisburg-Essen takes over all partner's interest share
  • 2007 ZBT receives funding for it's extension
  • 2008 The new technical centre is opened, ZBT employs more than 60 people (full time)
  • 2013 After 10 years ZBT employs about 100 people
  • 2018 15 years of ZBT
  • 2020 New department strcutures are being established, focussing on hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries
  • 2020 Dr Peter Beckhaus is new CEO, Professor Angelika Heinzel retires
  • 2021 Professor Dr Harry Hoster becomes new scientific head of ZBT
Last update:  19.02.2024