Robert Steinberger-Wilckens


1987 …2023

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Research interests

Renewable Energies:

Integration of wind and photovoltaic electricity into the mains grids; balancing power supply, firm power, bulk electricity storage; storage management systems, energy forecasts; use of hydrogen/fuel cell systems for balancing fluctuations and long-term electricity storage, coupling of hydrogen fuel market and electricity market; development of business cases for grid fluctuation balancing and gird services involving renewable energies (currently one MSc, 1 PhD from Sept 2013, 4 MSc in the past)

Fuel Cell Systems:

Integration of FC systems on vehicles, especially road vehicles; system efficiency, operating strategies, optimal fuel use, auxiliary power units; poly-service (heat, electricity, air conditioning etc.), novel uses and services (currently 2 PhD, 2 MSc in the past)

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC):

Durability and lifetime for SOFC; materials optimisation for SOFC, manufacturing, robustness to fuel impurities and stop/start operation (cycling); fuel flexibility, use of biomass derived fuels, including biogas and ethanol; SOFC systems, auxiliary power units for vehicles, residential energy supply/CHP, poly-generation; Solid Oxide Electrolysis (currently 5 PhD and 1 MSc, 1 PhD in the past)


Development of optimised BEV and fuel cell electric vehicles; power flow optimisation, high energy efficiency; novel services to drivers, novel mobility concepts; battery pack development, battery management, second life usage; integration with photovoltaics, BEV as storage for private households with PV systems (currently one MSc,  2 MSc and 2 BSc in the past)

Market Introduction of Fuel Cells:

Niche market development for fuel cell applications; novel applications, novel services comprising fuel cells (uninterruptible power supplies, fire protection, off-grid power supply, vehicles etc.); design for market, design for cost, customer added value, marketing strategies (currently 1 PhD, a further PhD  from Sept 2013)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • L Education (General)
  • e-learning
  • summer schools
  • curriculum development
  • TP Chemical technology
  • fuel cells
  • electrochemistry
  • SOFC
  • PEFC
  • hydrogen production
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • fuel cells
  • battery electric vehicles
  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • battery electric vehicles
  • fuel cell vehicles


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