The Birmingham Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research was formed in early 2000 by Professor Kevin Kendall who later secured £5 million funding from EPSRC to establish a Centre for Doctoral Training in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications. Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens was appointed Director in 2012 and successfully secured a further £4.4 million funding from EPSRC to establish a further Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their Fuels as well as additional funding from a number of European Union funded projects.
The Centre is nationally and internationally recognised for its expertise in fuel cell technologies. The Centre focuses on research and development, applications and demonstrations of fuel cell and hydrogen systems and technologies.
Our research is driving both the technology and thinking required to solve some of the challenges facing the UK, as it seeks to develop sustainable solutions to the designing of future cities, energy and transportation. It is the ability to combine the practical with the radical, which has placed Birmingham at the forefront of this endeavour.
We are proud to be the only research institution in UK integrating research work across the full spectrum of fuel cells and their fuels.
We run an internationally recognised programme of research into hydrogen as a future energy vector, and the development of key technologies, from sustainable production and hydrogen storage to commercial utilisation, as well as the efficient provision of electricity and heat from fuel cells.