Our Vision – From Nature We Learn
Electric energy is clean, efficient and convertible to any other form of energy. It has become part of our life.
Our team of engineers and technicians has over 30 years’ industrial experience in advanced sodium-nickel-chloride (NaNiCl2) batteries for use in energy management, storage and automotive applications.
Together we are Battery Consult AG
Bachelor’s degree in Market Research and data analytics from the University of Vienna, followed by an eMBA and an MLE (Master of Law and Economics) from the IMADEC University. A visionary leader and a passionate innovator in the fields of renewable energy and life sciences, with more than 20 years of international experience in driving growth, transformation, and customer excellence. Committed to advancing the energy transition and minimizing the environmental impact of energy storage. Joined Battery Consult AG in August 2023.
B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering FH, EMBA in General Management
Head of Production (Member of Management Board)
Graduated at HTA Biel with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering FH and at PHW Bern with EMBA in General Management. In various positions he gained extensive experience in engineering and production in several companies in Switzerland and China. With Battery Consult AG since September 2021.
Dr. Michael Bayer
CTO (Member of Management Board)
In charge of all physics and simulation related activities
Graduated at ETH Zurich. Worked at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) on diagnostics of PEM fuel cells. With Battery Consult AG since July 2011.
Dr. Akane Hartenbach
Chief Chemical officer (Member of Management Board)
In charge of all chemistry related activities
Graduated at University of Neuchâtel and ETH Zurich in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Focus on SaltBattery cathode and corrosion related issues. With Battery Consult AG since January 2011.
BSc. in Electronics and Communication Technology
In charge of hardware development for the battery management system and electronic laboratory equipment
Graduated at University of Applied Sciences Bern (BFH), specialised in embedded systems. Experience in the aerospace industry. With Battery Consult AG from May 2013 till July 2014 and since August 2017.
BSc. in Microtechnical Engineering
In charge of software development for the battery controller.
Graduated at HTL Biel with a certificate of advanced studies in software engineering. In several positions, gained extensive experience in the development of safety-critical software solutions. With Battery Consult AG since May 2018.
B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering
Responsible for development and design of components for cells, batteries and manufacturing
Graduated at University of Reutlingen, Germany. Experience as design engineer for construction and tunnelling machines. With Battery Consult AG since March 2020.
Master watchmaker and goldsmith
Cooperation in the Battery Consult laboratory of in the production of prototypes
Graduated at the HTL Karlstein, technical school for watchmakers and at the Vienna Goldsmith Academy, Austria. Worked for several watchmakers in Austria and Switzerland. With Battery Consult AG since March 2020.
Scientific glassblower / textile technician
Cooperation in the Battery Consult laboratory in the production of prototypes
Graduated at higher technical schools in Austria. Worked for several companies in the field of Laboratory equipment. He ran his own small farm in Switzerland and still has his own Lampworking workshop. With Battery Consult AG from June 2019 till November 2019 and since September 2020.
Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET) as Commercial Employee; Advanced Federal Diploma in Marketing Planning
Responsible for accounting, purchasing, marketing and office administration
Worked in various offices in marketing, accounting and administration. With Battery Consult AG since August 2017.
Chairman of the board
Beat F. Brunner
MSc in Mechanical Engineering
Graduated as Mechanical Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. Earlier in his career, he worked at ETH on a research project on aircraft fatigue life monitoring before joining what is now RUAG, as a structural engineer. He then took on senior roles in aircraft testing, and later in aircraft assembly and maintenance, until he became General Manager of the Aerostructures & Space Division. From RUAG, he moved to motion simulator manufacturer ACUTRONIC, where he was responsible for marketing, business development and sales until he was recruited by the industry association Swissmem as Head of Industry Sectors. Today he runs his own company Fontium GmbH and acts as chairman of the board at inspire AG.
Dr. Cord-Henrich Dustmann
Graduated at University of Karlsruhe. In his earlier career he worked at ABB, first on the introduction of superconducting magnet technology and later with sodium sulphur (NaS) batteries. He then acquired unrivalled experience in the field of salt batteries (NaNiCl2), with leading positions in the teams that developed, industrialised and manufactured the early ZEBRA battery. He founded Battery Consult AG in 2008.