Senior Flexonics (Crumlin)

Senior Flexonics is part of Senior plc. Senior is an international, market-leading, engineering solutions provider with 33 operations in 14 countries. Senior designs, manufactures and markets high technology components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the worldwide energy markets, aerospace, land vehicles and defence.
The Senior Flexonics UK site based in Crumlin provide expertise in the design, development and manufacturing of heat exchange solutions for the energy generation market and for the diesel engine market.
Senior Flexonics offers unparalleled product design, development, testing and manufacturing capabilities and is the Primary European Design and Development centre for heat exchange products.

Senior Flexonics (Olomouc)

Senior Flexonics is part of Senior plc. Senior is an international, market-leading, engineering solutions provider with 33 operations in 14 countries. Senior designs, manufactures and markets high technology components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the worldwide energy markets, aerospace, land vehicles and defence.
The manufacturing facility based in Olomouc, Czech Republic covers 3630sqm and is equipped to for the production of Turbo Oil Drain and Turbo Oil Feed tubes for passenger car engine manufactures. Current customers include VW, Ford, Renault , Honda,Vaillant, Viessman, MAN, Deutz.

Vaillant Group

Since its founding more than 136 years ago, the Vaillant Group has been one of the market leaders and technological pace-setters within the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry. Today, the Vaillant Group has more than 30 million customers in more than 60 countries, more than 340.000 installer partners, 21.000 wholesalers and sales branches in more than 20 countries worldwide.
In line with its corporate vision, Vaillant offers its customers around the world simple, eco-friendly and energy-saving solutions for heating, cooling and hot water. Technologies based on renewable energies such as solar thermal and photovoltaic installations, heat pumps and wood pellet boilers are thereby becoming increasingly important. There is also a growing demand for environmentally friendly hybrid systems that intelligently combine various components with each other, such as solar collectors, hot water storage cylinders and controls. The product portfolio also encompasses highly-efficient combined heat and power (CHP) appliances based on gas engines for the use in single- or multi-family homes. These microCHP systems represent today’s most efficient gas technology.
The Vaillant Group counts among the pioneers in developing fuel cell heating appliances (FCHA), the future of innovative combined heat and power. For more than 10 years, Vaillant has successfully conducted development work in this field.

University of Birmingham

Founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham, the University of Birmingham is a world leading higher education institution, both nationally and internationally, that offers high-standard teaching and research in most major disciplines. The Centre for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Research is part of the School of Chemical Engineering within the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences at The University of Birmingham. It was formed in early 2000 by the former director, Professor Kevin Kendall. As of spring 2012, the centre is headed by Prof. Robert Steinberger-Wilckens.
The Centre is nationally and internationally recognised for its dynamism and expertise in Fuel Cell Technologies. It is also part of the £6.5million Advantage West Midlands Science City initiative, and the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) which is host to the Energy Technologies Institute. The Centre, on behalf of the MEC has recently been awarded £5.5million (RCUK) for the creation and running of a Doctoral Training Centre in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications, the first of its kind in the UK.
The Centre focuses on Research and Development, applications and demonstrations of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell systems; and has numerous publications & patents in Fuel Cell Technologies. The Centre also has state of the art facilities and is home to England’s first public hydrogen filling station (Launched 14/04/08) and hydrogen powered house (Launched 10/10/08) a hydrogen fuel cell Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system and five hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

ICI Caldaie S.p.A.

ICI CALDAIE S.p.A. was founded in 1958 and currently it can be considered as a leading company of the CHP sector thanks to the continuous research and development of highly reliable heating generators keeping up with the technological evolution. The experience reached with the passing of the years has allowed the firm to transfer the know-how acquired in the planning and realization of industrial steam generators, a sector in which the firm occupies a leading position, to that of domestic and wall hung boilers. Today ICI CALDAIE S.p.A. presents itself on the European market with a complete range of products.

PNO Consultants Limited

PNO is a pan-European dedicated Innovation Consultancy founded in The Netherlands in 1984 and is now active across 12 European Member States, with offices located in the UK, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and Belgium. PNO represents the largest organisation specialised in technology transfer services in Europe and is Europe’s largest independent public funding advisory, annually raising over €250 million on behalf of its clients. In total, the group has over 250 consultants and supports its clients in analysing needs, defining projects and selecting and linking partners for national and international innovation and grant programmes. Working across all principle industry sectors, PNO has developed extensive expertise in establishing, managing and contributing to complex international technology transfer consortia, communities, processes and projects. PNO supports over 8000 clients throughout Europe; annually developing over 150 consortia based European proposals and fostering their successful implementation. The UK team has a strong client base and track record in the eco-innovation, environmental, chemical and biotech sectors.

Sunfire GmbH

Sunfire develops and produces high-temperature fuel cell (SOFC) and electrolyser (SOEC) systems. SOFCs convert fuels and gases into electricity and heat for residential, commercial and industrial applications. SOECs convert water with clean electricity into hydrogen. Both processes can be combined to form a reversible device (rSOC). With these technologies, sunfire addresses a multitude of problems in our energy systems.
The company was founded in 2010 by a team of experienced founders and engineers. Sunfire has got 80 employees and is backed by Electranova Capital, Total Energy Ventures, Bilfinger Venture Capital and KfW.
Sunfire’s SOC technology has been perfected to achieve the optimal balance between high reliability, low manufacturing costs, high electrical efficiencies and reversible operation. Moreover, sunfire owns proprietary knowhow in the field of Power-to-Liquids and Power-to-Gas. To target a multitude of markets, Sunfire partners with large corporations like Boeing, Bilfinger, EDF, ThyssenKrupp, Total and Vaillant.


  • Senior Flexonics
  • Vaillant
  • University of Birmingham
  • ICI Caldaie
  • PNO Consultants UK
  • Sunfire

EU logoThis project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 700564. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.