Welcome to WBZU:
We prepare you for the energy technology of the future!

Whether hydrogen, fuel cells, battery storage, or heat pumps – The Education and Training Centre for Innovative Energy Technologies of the Handwerkskammer Ulm, WBZU for short, has the educational programs you need for your professional development in this area. Students, contracting authorities, and other interested parties have the opportunity to discover innovations in energy technology and familiarize themselves with energy-related topics.

Undertaking energy-related research and development projects is another important activity of the WBZU. We have already worked on a wide range of progressive projects with partners at regional, national, and EU level, such as “Smart Grids – Secure Energy Prosumer” with the participation of Ulm University of Applied Sciences and the University of Tübingen, and funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Environment. Thanks to our close cooperation with the trade, we are always in a position to develop well-thought out, practical solutions.

The WBZU is located in the heart of Science Park Ulm in the immediate vicinity of the universities and various research institutes. In addition to two state-of-the-art training classrooms that can be individually adapted to the size and type of event, the WBZU has a technical center specially designed for the purposes of training and development. Various testing facilities are operated across seven laboratories, allowing the new technologies to be clearly explained and the relevant expert knowledge provided.

The WBZU was founded as a non-profit association in 2002 with support from the State of Baden-Württemberg and the federal government, and was originally called “Weiterbildungszentrum Brennstoffzelle Ulm.” In 2014, it was integrated into the training academy of the Handwerkskammer Ulm as “The Education and Training Centre for Innovative Energy Technologies.“ The objective of the WBZU is to incorporate the results of the latest research into everyday practice and to promote the exchange of science and skill.

Our educational program

Our educational program provides specialist knowledge on novel technologies employed to produce, store, transmit, and use energy. We focus on regenerative concepts as well as innovative materials and processes. We address their operating principles, areas of application and economic efficiency – manufacturer independent and industry wide. We want to make our contribution to meeting the growing energy demand in the world while, at the same time, reducing the ecological footprint of humanity.


Our experts organize lectures and presentations that cover a wide range of subjects and knowledge levels: Info lectures, basic lectures and specialist lectures. A mobile “accompanying exhibition” with exhibits relevant to the topic can be used for illustrative purposes.

We organize basic and specialist lectures for:

  • the general public
  • clubs and associations
  • politicians and decision-makers
  • students and apprentices
  • teachers and lecturers
  • fire departments and emergency services
  • expert bodies and committees

Full of energy for you – our WBZU team

You can count on us when it comes to innovative energy technology. Feel free to send us an email with your inquiry, request, or ideas.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Peter Pioch

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Peter Pioch
Technical director
Phone 0731 1425-7525
Manja Feurle
Manja Feurle
Course management, Projects
Phone 0731 1425-7523
Colette Kaniak
Colette Kaniak
Phone 0731 1425-7520
Dr. Susanne Sihler
Dr. Susanne Sihler
Phone 0731 1425-7526
Erika Hahn
Erika Hahn
Course management
Phone 0731 1425-7523
Gunter Maetze
Gunter Maetze
Head of department
Phone 0731 1425-7522

Advisory board

The WBZU advisory board supports the work of the WBZU in an advisory capacity. It consists of individuals from the fields of crafts, industry, science, and public organizations.

Educational mandate of the WBZU

As a transfer organization, the WBZU was founded in 2002 in a science-related environment. Since 2014, it has been an organizational unit of the training academy of the Handwerkskammer Ulm. Here, as the “Vocational Training and Technology Center and Innovative Energy Technologies gBgA” it builds bridges between academic and vocational education. In particular, it focuses on content from different energy-related topics – especially technologies that use renewable forms of energy.
The WBZU cooperates with institutions and bodies for craft professions as well as various educational organizations and training providers, and it works closely with scientific bodies, especially those in the Science City of Ulm. Examples include federal and state-funded projects.