When Herberg first joined Freudenberg in 1999, he worked as a product manager for special filtration solutions before moving to the automotive sector as a Key Account Manager in 2004. In 2014, he took on responsibility for fuel cells. Thanks to his degree in chemical process engineering from Karlsruhe University and his professional experience at Freudenberg, the 48-year-old is familiar with both business and technical issues. This is a major advantage when dealing with the complexity of fuel cell filters and humidifiers. The cell and its catalytic converter must be protected from the tiniest solids and gases in the air feed,” explains Herberg. Depending on the application, environmental conditions with the potential to damage the cell, must be taken into account - from the salty breeze near the coast to the alcohol-laden air in wine production. “Effective filtration is essential to protect the highly-sensitive components and ensure safety.” The aim is to find highly-developed technological and commercial solutions for such issues leading to efficient industrial production.
Currently, buses and commercial vehicles are equipped with fuel cell drives. However, the technology is also successfully deployed in trains and cars. Fuel cells are even conceivable for ship drives. When hydrogen is produced sustainably, fuel cell vehicles are emission-free and help improve urban air quality, as the hydrogen reaction emits nothing other than steam.