The hydrogen and fuel cell center "Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik" (ZBT GmbH) since founded in 2001 is supporting industry to speed up the market introduction of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.
ZBT employees an interdisciplinary team of almost 100 qualified personnel, most having many years of experience in the field of research and development. Their extensive expertise and the outstanding infrastructure are incorporated in numerous co-operative ventures with industrial companies and research partners. Projects and services of ZBT cover a wide range from the development of reformers, fuel cell stacks and completely serviceable systems, the testing of production and manufacturing technologies for cell components and whole fuel cell stacks through to the testing of market-based developments with a view to licensing. The portfolio of the development service provider ZBT is geared consistently to the needs of the industrial partners.
ZBT is a non profit limited company (GmbH), CEO is Prof. Dr. Angelika Heinzel. Share holder ist University Duisburg-Essen. The start of ZBT and the main infrastructure was supported by the European Funds for Regional Development and the Region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Today ZBT as member of Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft receives a limited base funding by the ministry of innovation of the state of North-Rhine-Westfalia.