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GKN Hydrogen: The Future of Green Energy

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GKN Hydrogen is the latest business unit of GKN Powder Metallurgy and has been officially launched in May 2021. GKN Hydrogen is pioneering safe and emission-free storage of green hydrogen to drive the global energy transition.


The business unit provides proven, all-in-one clean energy management systems that enable pioneers and innovators around the world to achieve their zero-emissions goals today and in the future.


GKN Hydrogen’s 100% recyclable product suite has been developed and refined over the last eight years to become the most reliable and secure hydrogen energy storage solution on the market. The systems generate green hydrogen from fluctuating renewable energy sources and store it compactly and loss-free in metal hydride over long periods of time. When needed, the green hydrogen can be used directly or converted back into electricity and heat for a variety of applications.


The modular system design allows for maximum versatility, from emergency power backup and off-grid energy supply to residential housing, maritime transport, and large-scale industry. This makes GKN Hydrogen an enabler for a decentralized, carbon-neutral energy supply infrastructure.

Executive Team

Peter Operparleiter

CEO – Visionary Leadership

Appointed to the Executive Team, GKN Powder Metallurgy in January 2008. Peter joined GKN in 1987 and has held various senior operations and finance roles at Sinter Metals Europe. He was appointed President Sinter Metals Europe in 2007. In 2009, he moved to GKN Driveline as Global Director of Finance and IT. In October 2012, Peter was appointed as Chief Executive Officer GKN Powder Metallurgy. Peter holds a PhD for business economics from University Innsbruck (Austria) and University Ca Foscari in Venice (Italy)

Guido Degen

COO – Business Development

Appointed to the Executive Team, GKN Powder Metallurgy in September 2014. Guido joined GKN Sinter Metals in 1996 as Product Development Engineer. 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. Guido holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cologne in Germany. External Appointments: Executive Council & Board Member at the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)

Paul Mairl

CDO - GKN Powder Metallurgy

Appointed to the Executive Team, GKN Powder Metallurgy in November 2020. Paul joined GKN in 1992 as Development Engineer. During his 20 years with GKN Driveline, he held various positions, mainly in Global Program Management, Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering, before being appointed Plant Manager and then Business Director for the eDrive business unit. He joined GKN Powder Metallurgy in 2014 as Vice President Program Management & Lean and was appointed to Chief Digital Officer in 2018.

Gottfried Rier

CTO – System Execution

Appointed to the Executive Team, GKN Powder Metallurgy in September 2014. Gottfried joined GKN in 1997 as Production Segment Leader for structural parts. In 2006 he was appointed to Plant Manager, Bad Brückenau and in 2008 he took on the role of Vice President Operations taking responsibility for Bad Brückenau, Bad Langensalza and Bruneck and joined the Regional Management Team. In 2009 he took on the RPPC responsibility for the Segment Medium and Large and launched the regional Program Management Organization. In 2010 he was given additional responsibility for the China Operations and the plant in Cape Town (SA) and supported the integration of the newly formed Europe & Asia Pacific region. In 2012 he was appointed to Vice President Operations Europe. Gottfried holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Gewerbeoberschule in Bozen, Italy.

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Alan Lang

Senior Director Marketing and Business Intelligence Hydrogen

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