Welcome to the world’s leading company in the production of green hydrogen storage systems

As pioneers in the development and integration of green hydrogen storage systems, leveraging our expertise in materials science and engineering, we are dedicated to creating cutting-edge solutions for the safe and efficient storage of hydrogen.


Our cutting-edge metal hydride compounds enable the absorption and release of hydrogen for applications ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale industrial operations. Committed to sustainability and innovation, we are leading the transition towards a more sustainable energy future.


GKN Hydrogen is part of Dowlais, a specialist engineering group focused on the automotive sector.

Company History


R&D Launch

Launch of Research activities on metal hydride storage in partnership with GKN Powder Metallurgy



Proof of concept

System proof of concept with the first installation of GKN energy management system based on metal hydrides




First HY2MINI demonstrator installed at GKN Powder Metallurgy Headquarter in Bruneck, Italy




First HY2MEDI & HY2MEGA installed



Digital Platform

Launch of digital Platform


Executive Team

Guido Degen

CEO – Chief Executive Officer

Guido was appointed CEO, Chief Executive Officer at GKN Hydrogen in April 2023 after having held the position as the CCO, Chief Commercial Officer, since January 2022. Before, he has been part of the executive team at GKN Powder Metallurgy as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The GKN Hydrogen business launched in May 2021 and was created out of GKN Powder Metallurgy. As such he played a key role in the launch and initial phases of development of GKN Hydrogen. Guido has a wealth of technical expertise in the industry having first joined GKN Powder Metallurgy in 1996 as Product Development Engineer at its Sinter Metals division. From 2001 to 2012 he served as Plant Manager, Operations Director and Vice President Operations before being appointed to Vice President Business Development & Strategic Planning in 2013. In 2017 Guido was appointed to Senior Vice President Additive Manufacturing & Business Development. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cologne in Germany. 

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Gottfried Rier

CTO – Chief Technology Officer

Gottfried was appointed CTO, Chief Technology Officer at GKN Hydrogen when the business launched in May 2021, after being member of the GKN Powder Metallurgy Executive Team since 2014, from which GKN Hydrogen was first created. In this role Gottfried has made an extraordinary contribution since the very first beginning and has taken over leadership for technology development, the creation of the entire value chain and the creation of the first GKN Hydrogen production site in Bruneck.After joining GKN in 1997 as Production Segment Leader, Gottfried was appointed in 2006 to the role of Plant Manager Bad Brückenau and in 2008 he took on the role of Vice President Operations and joined the Regional Management Team. In 2009 Gottfried took on the responsibility of the Regional Product and Process Development Centers and launched the regional Program Management Organization and then was given additional responsibility for the China Operations as well as the production plant in Cape Town (SA).He supported the integration of the newly formed Europe & Asia Pacific region. In 2012 he was appointed to Vice President Operations Europe GKN Powder Metallurgy. Gottfried has a certificate in Mechanical Engineering from an industrial high school in Bozen, Italy.
Portrait of Gottfried Rier

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Jasmin Da Rui - Italy

Marketing Manager

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Alan Lang - North America

Senior Director Marketing and Business Intelligence Hydrogen