Dr. Helerson Kemmer
Fuel cells – the future of electrified mobility
“We prepare the mobility of the future with fuel cells: electrified, free of emissions or CO2, innovative, and without compromises for the customer.”
My name is Dr. Helerson Kemmer, and I am a thoroughgoing system engineer working with fuel cells for mobility applications. My function is to anticipate and shape the future systems and derive research projects to prepare my company for that. To accomplish these tasks, I am project leader and chief expert for future fuel cell systems.
- Supporting European fuel cell development: evaluation of proposals for public funded projects, European Commission
- Fuel cell on Wheels: Development of fuel cell demonstrator (baggage tow carrier), Bosch Engineering GmbH
- Teaching fuel cells: Lectures on fuel cell systems for the master’s study program, Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW)
- System development: Responsible for the component package of gasoline direct injector HDEV5, Robert Bosch GmbH
More than 180 patents
- including more than 115 in the field of fuel cell technology
M. Grimm et al. (2020)Water Management of PEM Fuel Cell Systems Based on the Humidity Distribution in the Anode Gas Channels
- M. Grimm, M. Hellmann, H. Kemmer, S. Kabelac
- Paper presented at the 23rd EFCF Conference “Low‐Temperature Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, H2‐Processing Forum” (EFCF2019)
H. Kemmer (2017)Fighting climate change through innovation: mobility with fuel cells
- G7 – Climate Change – The New Economy (26.-27.05.2017), p. 42-43
Bosch Engineering GmbH (2015)Baggage tow carrier as fuel cell demonstrator
Interview with Dr. Helerson Kemmer
Chief Expert for Fuel Cell Systems for Mobility
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
The opportunity to anticipate and, even more, to shape the future, bringing more value to peoples’ lives.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
The research at Bosch has the goal to produce products for life, i.e. I will see the result of my research improving the life of people and making my company more successful. Furthermore it is very exciting to make the interface between the research world and the developers of the most diverse Bosch components.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
I am currently working on the future fuel cells systems for mobility with hydrogen. My role is to anticipate and shape future systems and understand what the most promising products for Bosch are and what they should look like. Furthermore I identify new research topics within the fuel cell systems and suggest additional projects.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
Since our society is, generally speaking, not yet willing to pay more for an emission-free mobility approach, each new mobility approach must be commercially competitive with the state of the art. In this context, the costs of fuel cells for mobility still need to decrease for their broad penetration. The scientific community and Bosch are working hard to develop new materials, manufacturing processes, and system topologies to achieve this goal and accelerate the expansion of this technology.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
With a broad penetration of fuel cell systems in mobility in the near future, emissions-free electrified mobility will become reality. In achieving this, Bosch products will contribute to a world with better air quality and limited climate impacts. Furthermore, electrified mobility with fuel cells offers a similar level of comfort to today’s powertrain concepts, e.g. with comparable driving range (also in winter), refueling time, start behavior, and drivability in cold weather.