Dr. Brunner is a Managing Director and Co-owner of Hynergy GmbH, a Hydrogen Energy and Mobility Engineering company in Germany. Since 2016 he furthermore serves a Chinese OEM as their VP Fuel Cell R&D with the target to set up a full-scale hydrogen fuel cell development program. Before co-founding Hynergy GmbH in 2015, Dr. Brunner has been serving BMW Group in various roles for more than 10 years, most recently as head of BMWs Technology Project Hydrogen Fuel Cell. Under Dr. Brunners supervision several fuel cell electric vehicle prototypes and test fleets as well as novel cryogenic storage and refueling technologies have been developed and demonstrated. Dr. Brunner has been a panel reviewer for the European Commission, the US Department of Energy as well as the Research Council of Norway. He is the author of several reference publications on hydrogen technology.
Before starting his professional career in industry in 2004, Dr. Brunner received a doctor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Munich. Before that he earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering of Technical University of Munich, Germany, as well as of École Centrale Paris, France. Later on, Dr. Brunner passed the International Graduate Program of Kyoto University, Japan, as a researcher on Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer phenomena.