Our Team

Our hydrogen fuel cell technology lives exclusively through the people who develop it. Proton Motor employees who shape the personal face and performance of our company with special commitment, professional ideas and comprehensive know-how.

Moved by the fascination for future technologies, they are continuously working on optimising and critically reviewing new concepts whose consistent quality standards are also a challenge.

The daily motivation is to offer customers viable high-tech innovations that are always one step ahead of the times and at the same time synchronised according to order.



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Our Company History

  • 1998
    Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH was founded on 1 January 1998 from "Magnet-Motor GmbH", which had already existed since 1994.
  • 2001
    Commissioning of the world's first fuel cell powered forklift truck at Munich Airport.
  • 2006
    IPO of Proton Motor Power Systems plc as parent company of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH on the AIM market (Alternative Investment Market) of the London Stock Exchange (code: PPS).
  • 2007
    Relocation of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH from Starnberg to Puchheim near Munich. The world's first triple hybrid forklift truck was also presented at the opening ceremony of the new company headquarters.
  • 2008
    Within the EU-funded Zemship project, the world's first fuel cell-powered passenger ferry "Alsterwasser" was built. Until 2014, the 50 kW Proton Motor fuel cell ensured emission-free and silent transport of tourists in the Port of Hamburg.
    PM - Zemship
  • 2009
    Proton Motor and Škoda Electric a.s. present the world's first public bus with Triple Hybrid® drive system, consisting of batteries, supercaps and fuel cells.
  • 2013
    Expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure at the company headquarters in Puchheim with a hydrogen tank.
  • 2013
    Presentation of the world's first electric commercial vehicle powered in parallel by battery and fuel cell in the 7.5 to 12 tonne weight class.
  • 2014
    World record drive from Munich to Berlin with the electric 7.5t truck Newton, equipped with the HyRange® hydrogen fuel cell system for range extension.
  • 2015
    Signing of the co-operation agreement between Proton Motor and the DB Bahnbau Group to install fuel cell-based uninterruptible emergency power systems in the railway sector.
    PM - News - Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • 2015
    Expansion of the product range to include battery UPS systems and solar battery storage systems through the integration of Spower GmbH.
  • 2016
    The world's first energy self-sufficient apartment house in Switzerland, which supplies itself via self-produced hydrogen from solar power and a fuel cell from Proton Motor.
  • 2017
    Delivery of a hydrogen fuel cell power plant as a container solution for the energy supply of parts of the port on the Scottish Orkney Islands.
    Orkney Surf´n Turf
  • 2018
    Anniversary celebration "20 years of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH".
  • 2019
    Agreement with Škoda Electric a.s. for co-operation in the development, sale and maintenance of fuel cell electric buses.
  • 2019
    Commissioning of the "Fit-4-AMandA" stack manufacturing robot to increase production capacity up to 5,000 fuel cell units per year.
  • 2020
    Record first quarter with incoming orders of EUR 6.4 million.
  • 2020
    On-time delivery of the APEX Group's order despite the global Corona situation for the new hydrogen power plant in Rostock-Laage.
    PM - Containerloesung
  • 2021
    In the summer of 2021, Proton Motor delivered the tailor-made hydrogen fuel cell system "HyRail" with an installed output of 214 kW, consisting of two fully redundant systems of 107 kW each, to the Austrian customer "Linsinger Maschinen Gesellschaft mbH" with its world first hydrogen rail milling train.
  • 2021
    For the energy group "Shell", Proton Motor successfully finalised the order for the product innovation development of the grid-self-sufficient hydrogen fuel cell power plant "HyShelter 240" in autumn 2021.
  • 2022
    For the largest European shipbuilding group "Fincantieri S.p.A.", based in Trieste, two fully redundant "HyShip 72" product designs were primarily adapted for the power supply of the electric powertrain and other consumers of the "ZEUS" ship (Zero Emission Ultimate Ship).
  • 2022
    Proton Motor Fuel Cell aligns brand product portfolio: Consolidation under new Hy-brand strengthens the fuel cell product family.
  • 2022
    The UK parent company "Proton Motor Power Systems plc" of "Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH" has signed a fifteen-year lease agreement for a modern 13,500m² production facility. This additional location will be used successively from the second quarter of 2023 to substantially expand the company`s manufacturing and testing and capacity.

With a quarter of a century of experience, the internationally active “Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH” is Europe’s expert for energy solutions with CleanTech technologies and a specialist for the development of hydrogen fuel cells “Made in Germany”. The company, which currently has more than 100 employees, is a 100 percent operating subsidiary of “Proton Motor Power Systems plc”, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, which has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 with the green, sustainable energy share “PPS”.

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Our Awards

  • 2022

    The Proton Motor system HyRange® Extender – The emission-free hydrogen fuel cell system for range enhancement as a drive component for battery-electric commercial vehicles in the truck, bus, municipal and off-highway segment – has won the Hessian State Prize for Innovative Energy Solutions 2022 in the category “Mobility”!

  • 2022

    Top Service 2022 award to Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH at the world trade fair DIGITAL X in Cologne.

  • 2022

    Top 3 final nomination at the German Renewables Award 2022 of the network organisation “Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg” to Proton Motor HyRange® system in the category “Product Innovation of the Year”.

  • 2021

    International busplaner Sustainability Award 2021 of the HUSS specialist publisher for mobility in the category “Hydrogen Bus”.

  • 2020

    Top nomination at the Innovation Life Award of “Bayern Innovativ – Bayerische Gesellschaft für Innovation und Wissenstransfer mbH”.

  • 2020

    Green Economy Mark Award for the energy share “PPS” of the listed UK parent company Proton Motor Power Systems plc.

  • 2018

    Green Economy Globe World Award from the Austrian “Energy Globe Foundation” to present Proton Motors’ world-leading environmental projects to a global audience.

  • 2016

    Proton Motor receives for its company`s performance the Future Prize of the “Innovation Association of the German Economy”.

  • 2014

    The automotive innovations from Proton Motor are awarded the Innovation Award 2014 by the logistics magazine “KEP”.

  • 2010

    Hermes Award nomination with ceremonial certificate act during the “Night of Innovations” at the Hannover Messe 2010.

  • 2008

    First major business award for Proton Motor`s business concept with the Bavarian Innovation Award.

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