Expertise and Commitment

Since its foundation in 2010, Sunfire has successfully established itself as a trusted partner of global companies and one of the ten most innovative companies in the world. Sunfire owes its growth and its international reputation in particular to the expertise and the commitment of its staff and its management team.

Carl Berninghausen
Carl Berninghausen
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Carl studied business administration at European Business School, began his career in sales at IBM, before becoming a successful family businessman. He is co-founder and CEO: „Our goal is to build bridges between energy, mobility and gas/heat supply sectors. The conversion of solar and wind energy into hydrogen is just the first step. Sunfire’s technologies make it possible to increase significantly the proportion of renewable energy within the overall energy system. Everything we currently make out of crude oil can be produced from solar energy, water and CO2.”
Christian von Olshausen
Christian von Olshausen
Chief Technical Officer (CTO)
Christian studied industrial engineering at TU Karlsruhe and TU Dresden, and worked at Procter & Gamble. He is a co-founder and CTO: “The RSOC is ideal to expand the energy transition to all areas of industry, not just the energy sector, and to ensure the supply of affordable electricity even when wind and sun are not available. Sunfire’s expertise aims at three key objectives: delivery of quickly ready to use, customer-specific fuel cell and electrolysis systems, shaping of the market – and in turn business models – and industrial-scale production.”
Nils Aldag
Nils Aldag
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

Nils studied business administration at EBS University. He is a co-founder of Sunfire and since December 2016 the Chief Commercial Officer. He is also responsible for product management for the electrolysis: “Here in Germany we live in peace, freedom and democracy – we shouldn’t take that for granted. The availability of affordable, clean energy is vital to ensure that other countries and future generations enjoy the same benefits. Sunfire can make a significant contribution in this regard by developing technologies we need to make renewable energy part of our everyday lives.”

Mario Heinrich
Mario Heinrich
Head of Operations

Mario studied mechanical engineering/production technology at HTW Dresden. After his engagement at AUDI AG, he was responsible for production and development at staxera in 2006. From 2011, he led the Stacks department. Since mid-2016, he is Head of Operations: “It is exciting to commercialize new technologies, and in doing so, I am particularly keen to strengthen both our region and Germany as a whole. I am proud to be making a contribution thanks to the almost infinite range of potential applications offered by our products. The ability to manage this diversity is one of our strengths.”

Dr. Oliver Posdziech
Dr. Oliver Posdziech
Head of Large Systems

Oliver studied fluid mechanics and thermodynamics at TU Dresden before attaining his PhD in fluid mechanics. He has been developing fuel cell und electrolyzer systems since 2002. Since 2011, he is responsible for Systems department: “It is a fascinating challenge to extract maximum efficiency from our SOC technology and combine fuel cells and electrolysers ready for integration into innovative overall systems. We’re not only setting new benchmarks in terms of the use of renewable energy – we’re also making it reliable and affordable.”

Björn Erik Mai
Björn Erik Mai
Head of Product Management Power Generation
Björn studied energy and process technology at TU Berlin. After working on the APU project at Webasto AG, he became one of the first employees at staxera in 2005. Björn spent many years as Head of Testing and Business Development. Since 2015, he is the Head of Product Management Power Generation: “Strong partnerships enable us to deliver novel, innovative solutions which meet the challenges of the energy transition. It’s our close, cooperative relationships with customers and partners that distinguishes us from others.”
Michael Geib
Michael Geib
Head of Sales & Marketing
Michael studied insurance business. He has worked in sales for various insurances and banks. He has held various management positions in the fields of Renewable Energy. Since 2015, he leads Sales & Marketing department: “None of our competitors has such an impressive spectrum of references in the field of fuel cells and electrolysers. Sunfire’s technology has reached the level of maturity required for commercialization. Supported by strong investors and a highly skilled team, it is now ready to make a significant contribution to the future energy system.”

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