About us

Driven by the idea of developing a sustainable and inexpensive energy storage system, JenaBatteries was founded in 2013 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and economic experts.

Soon, the founding team led by Martin Hager, Tobias Janoschka and Ulrich Schubert, with the support of Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB), succeeded in taking the idea from the lab to a kW battery demonstrator.

This metal-free redox flow battery laid the foundation for a new technology. In 2015, the technology was awarded the IQ Innovation Prize for Central Germany and in 2017 the Thuringian Research Prize. The juries acknowledged the innovative approach to be a safe, sustainable form of energy storage. In 2016, strategic investment replaced the initial venture capital. The family-run, medium-sized Wirthwein AG and the Ranft Group joined the company. Dr Olaf Conrad was appointed Managing Director – and, thus, the next important steps were taken to position JenaBatteries successfully and to gain financial strength for further development.

Vision

Sustainable solution
for green energy

In a world driven by renewable energies, JenaBatteries is the leading supplier of metal-free stationary power storage – the alternative to lithium, vanadium, lead and other critical scarce metals. Our innovative redox flow batteries make an important contribution to the energy transition and will be integrated into numerous energy infrastructures and grid by 2030. As a result of its batteries' metal-free components, JenaBatteries can reliably deliver – even in times of scarce metal resources – safe, sustainable batteries of high quality and at predictable costs.

Management

Dr. Olaf Conrad

Managing Director
 

After obtaining his doctorate in inorganic chemistry, he was Director at the HySA / Catalysis Competence Center of the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Head of the Fuel Cell Department at NEXT ENERGY (Germany), Technology Director at SCHMID Energy Systems (Germany) as well as Head of Development and Head of Future Technologies at CMR Fuel Cells (UK).

Dr. Tobias Janoschka

Corporate Development /
Co-Founder

He studied chemistry (Dipl.) and economics (M. Sc.) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. In 2013 he founded JenaBatteries GmbH with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and economic experts. He has been awarded the Thuringian Research Prize, the IQ Innovation Prize, the Fund Scholarship of the German Chemical Industry Fund and the STIFT Prize for application-oriented theses.

Gerhard Hautmann

Director Operation
 

He studied mechanical engineering, construction and process engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Constance. For fourteen years, he has been co-founder, shareholder and Managing Director of start-up companies in the fields of energy, storage technologies and artificial intelligence.

Ingobert Walter

Director Research
& Development

He studied electrical engineering at the Wiesbaden University of Applied Sciences. During his career to date, he has been Head of the experimental and testing department at AKASOL, where he worked on lithium-ion storage systems, amongst other things. At MAN Roland he was responsible for system and field tests, quality control and the development of the TeleSupportCenter.

Philosophy

What we stand for

Environmentally conscious action
As a pioneer in the field of sustainable energy storage, JenaBatteries is aware of its responsibility for the environment. JenaBatteries acknowledges the impact of its business activities on the environment and is committed to act in an environmentally conscious manner. The company is committed to preventive measures (e. g. giving preference to train travel over car travel) and the use of environmentally friendly technologies (e. g. avoiding emissions, reducing energy consumption). The replacement of classic battery metals with innovative materials contributes to the sustainable use of our natural resources, not only in Germany but worldwide.
 
Reliability
JenaBatteries only promises what the company can deliver. Transparency regarding product features, electrical parameters and quality standards are of great importance. JenaBatteries enjoys the unrestricted trust of its partners and regards all promises as an obligation. The company considers fairness in cooperation with business partners to be a condition for mutual success. The reliable work of our employees enables projects to be completed quickly and contributes to a successful energy transition.
 
Diversity
JenaBatteries is strongly committed to equal employment opportunities and compliance with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace, especially discrimination based on age, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability. This philosophy applies to all employment decisions, including hiring, training, job rotations, promotions, compensation practices, benefits, disciplinary action and termination. JenaBatteries strives for gender balance at all personnel levels and ensures that the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers are applied. JenaBatteries prohibits sexual harassment and other forms of harassment in the workplace. At JenaBatteries, we promote a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees treat each other with respect and dignity.
 
Ethical business conduct

JenaBatteries applies the highest standards of integrity in all business activities. The standards of fair business activities, fair advertising and fair competition are acknowledged. The company applies the relevant anti-corruption and anti-trust laws. Its employees and suppliers are prohibited from all forms of bribery, corruption, extortion and embezzlement. Only gifts that are customary in business and ethically unobjectionable are permitted. JenaBatteries respects human rights and accepts the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The company's technology helps avoid complicity in human rights violations, such as those that occur when traditional battery metals are mined.

JenaBatteries develops products exclusively for civil purposes; the company does not cater for military uses or military markets.

Partners

We collaborate with independent, reliable strategic partners, Wirthwein AG and the Ranft Group.

Since August 2016, these two strong investors have been supporting the market launch and the establishment of series production not only financially but also in terms of technology strategy. Their manufacturing expertise and project experience in the field of renewable energies complement JenaBatteries' expertise in the area of high-tech battery components and the establishment of an efficient sales infrastructure.

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