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Hydrogen Research

As a research centre at Graz University of Technology, HyCentA serves as a single point of contact for research and development for the entire hydrogen value chain with research and development tasks of technology, safety and integration into the energy system. The methodological knowledge built up over many years since 2005 allows research and development to be carried out with the necessary specialisation using established simulation tools and the high-performance test infrastructure. The HyCentA research centre has proven know-how in the field of safety, testing, approval, certification and legal framework conditions of hydrogen technologies. Extensive testing services are offered with the test infrastructure: High pressure test stand up to 1000 bar with climate chamber, the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for 350 and 700 bar, two single cell electrolysis test stands, two stack electrolysis test stands, gas analysis laboratory, two flexible test cells with modern measurement technology and the 160-kW fuel cell system test stand with climate chamber. Do you have research and development questions about electrochemical systems (electrolysis, fuel cells, etc.) and hydrogen technologies, from materials research to the development of prototypes and production processes to application systems, quality tests and market analyses? We provide you with efficient results and solutions: contact us. We also prepare concept and strategy analyses for politics and industry in order to efficiently translate the complex matter of hydrogen technologies into solutions and bring them to the market.


Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Vorzeigeregion Energie 2017 WIVA P&G


Partners: Fronius International GmbH, Miba Sinter Holding GmbH & Co KG, Heraeus Deutschland GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz, WIVA P&G


HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA aims to drive industrialisation by developing the next generation of PEM fuel cell and high pressure electrolysis technology. HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA fundamentally advances the state of the art in electrolysis technology through the use of state-of-the-art technologies in the field of catalyst-coated membranes and advanced manufacturing processes for bipolar plates. Furthermore, improved integration of the auxiliary units and the use of model-based control significantly increase the overall system efficiency and reduce the costs of electrolysis technology. In the case of PEM fuel cell technology, the current state of development is being examined with regard to optimisation potential and innovative approaches are being pursued in order to significantly increase the degree of industrialisation. A PEM fuel cell system platform based on a cost-effective stack architecture with metallic bipolar plates and functionally integrated peripheral components leads to extensive marketable applications. Both electrolysis and fuel cell technology benefit from the holistic approach, paving the way for HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA to mass production and thus the competitiveness of high-pressure electrolysis and fuel cell systems.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Vorzeigeregion Energie 2017 WIVA P&G


Partners: VERBUND Solutions GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz, WIVA P&G


The supply of hydrogen in semiconductor manufacturing is done with liquid hydrogen, which is produced from fossil raw materials and delivered to Central Europe by trucks. Only three sources of liquefied hydrogen exist across Europe.

Increasing production volumes and the introduction of new semiconductor products and technologies have led to a sharp rise in hydrogen demand in recent years and the previous supply concept has reached its capacity limit. Alternative and more sustainable concepts therefore need to be evaluated.

The overall goal of H2Pioneer is to provide an onsite solution for the future increasing hydrogen demand in the semiconductor industry. Hydrogen is produced on-site with the highest purity requirements, around the clock (24/7) in the economic and ecological framework conditions of a "green industry". The innovation content is given on the one hand by the implementation of onsite PEM electrolysis and the downstream purification plant for the realisation of the highest purity requirements. On the other hand, the conceptualisation and evaluation of the utilisation branches of recycling or energetic utilisation of the currently unused hydrogen waste gas in the "green hydrogen cycle" is a significant innovation.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Vorzeigeregion Energie 2017 WIVA P&G


Partners: OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, VF Services GmbH, Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz, WIVA P&G


UpHy I is intended to enable a steady expansion of the H2 filling station network by developing official H2 calibration methods of gas quality and delivery quantity. A calibration qualification is being developed in cooperation with the calibration office.

In addition, scenarios of possible expansion concepts for green H2 production and associated H2 logistics are being investigated and developed. This also forms the basis for the follow-up project UpHy II, in which, building on the developments of UpHy I, a green H2 production, the modular H2 filling station, consisting of a 300 bar trailer filling station and a 350 bar refuelling infrastructure for buses and trucks will be built according to the latest standards.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Vorzeigeregion Energie 2017 WIVA P&G


Partners: AVL List GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Institute of Mechanic and Mechatronic, TU Wien, Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz, WIVA P&G, Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics, TU Graz, FEN Sustain Systems GmbH, DB Schenker & Co AG, EVN AG, Productbloks GmbH, FPT Motorenforschung AG, Rosenbauer E-Technology Development GmbH, Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, TU Graz


The HyTruck project aims to demonstrate an emission-free fuel cell-based solution for the commercial vehicle market. HyTruck offers a significant technological advance by overcoming current barriers such as power output, lifetime, energy and thermal management, and cost with novel and innovative solutions. The objectives are to develop, build, calibrate and validate an HD fuel cell system and its key technologies to meet the performance, efficiency, reliability and durability requirements of commercial vehicles. Furthermore, novel, innovative and tailored control strategies to improve the performance, efficiency, reliability and durability of the fuel cell system will be developed and novel as well as innovative higher-level energy management strategies to achieve optimal powertrain performance, efficiency, reliability and durability will be investigated. In addition, vehicle integration and demonstration in real-world operation is planned in a follow-up project within WIVA P&G.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Vorzeigeregion Energie 2017 WIVA P&G


Partners: Energie Steiermark Technik GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbHEnergieinstitut an der JKU Linz, Energie Agentur Steiermark GmbH, Energienetze Steiermark GmbH, Montanuniversität Leoben, WIVA P&G, Assoc. Partner: Abt. 15 Energie, Wohnbau, Technik (Stmk. Landesregierung)


Renewable Gasfield pursues a holistic power-to-gas approach for coupling hydrogen production from renewable energies by means of electrolysis with load-flexible methanation, including storage and distribution of renewable hydrogen and synthetically produced natural gas. The development of the versatile plant infrastructure focuses on taking regional conditions into account. The dynamically operable methanisation technology used was developed in an earlier project. In the course of Renewable Gasfield, this technology will be demonstrated on a large scale with direct coupling to an existing biogas plant. During the pre-treatment of the biogas, only catalyst-damaging substances are separated by adsorption. The biogas can then be fed directly into the methanisation process, which eliminates the need for the otherwise usual complex CO2 separation process before feeding it into the natural gas grid. The modularity of the infrastructure concept is another key innovation that enables independent expansion and adaptation of all plant components to future requirements.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds – Zero Emission Mobility 2.AS Partnerantrag


Partners: Holding Graz – Kommunale Dienstleistungen GmbH; Invenium Data Insights GmbH; Upstream – next level mobility GmbH; Technische Universität Graz – Institut für Straßen- und Verkehrswesen; Energie Steiermark Technik GmbH; ARTI – Autonomous Robot Technology GmbH; Grazer Energieagentur GmbH; Energie Graz GmbH & Co KG; Planungsgruppe Gestering / Knipping / de Vries Architekten / Generalplaner PartmbB; Universität Graz – Forschungsmanagement und -service; HOERBIGER Wien GmbH; Umweltbundesamt GmbH; HyCentA Research GmbH; TECHNOMA Technology Consulting & Marketing GmbH


In view of the high particulate matter pollution and the climate-damaging effects of public transport in Graz, which is operated with fossil fuels, a holistic concept for the complete decarbonisation of the urban bus transport system, currently consisting of 171 vehicles, is being developed. This is to be developed on the basis of real data from a demo fleet operation with 7 fuel cell and 7 battery electric buses. HyCentA is mainly responsible for the conceptual design of the H2 supply infrastructure on the premises of Holding Graz, the monitoring of the tendering and approval process as well as the accompanying techno-economic studies of the demo operation. In addition, concepts for supplying the entire bus fleet with FC buses, including on-site electrolysis, pipeline, multiple locations, etc., are being developed and evaluated with regard to their feasibility. A major focus of the project is the development of novel, efficient compression technologies. To this end, prototypes for mechanical piston compression and electrochemical compression are being constructed and tested.

Funded by: Land Steiermark | Zukunftsfonds – 14. Ausschreibung: NEXT GREEN TECH (Energy Systems, Green Hydrogen & Green Mobility)


Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH, Montanuniversität Leoben – Lehrstuhl für Chemie der Kunststoffe


Green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis with renewable electricity, allows the long-term and large-scale storage of electrical energy. So far, two mature technologies are available, alkaline electrolysis and PEM electrolysis. A promising alternative that combines the advantages of both technologies is AEM electrolysis, for which there is still a need for development. Through the AEM Neo project, AEM water electrolysis can take a decisive step towards improved performance and longevity. On the one hand, systematic experiments will generate a comprehensive understanding of the internal processes, which will accelerate further development. On the other hand, the internal layer structure is specifically modified with ionically conductive polymers to increase performance.

Funded by: Energieforschung (e!MISSION), Europäische und internationale Kooperationen, ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus RegSYS 2019


Partners: Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H., Energie Kompass GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, ASKI - Industrie-Elektronik Gesellschaft m.b.H., AVL List GmbH, bwv its GmbH, FENECON GmbH, Urban Software Institute GmbH, Livolt, City of Yeruham


The aim of this project is to provide solutions for the optimal distribution of surplus electricity generated from renewable sources in long- or short-term energy storage for the transport sector. The development of the CrossChargePoint (CCP) takes into account specific characteristics of different regions with different geographical, climatic and economic conditions. The CCP extends existing approaches to planning and managing charging stations, while providing a tool for coupling the transport sector with the energy sector and regional energy management systems. The CCP is designed as a basic building block for a new type of charging station that acts as a virtual power plant (VPP) and combines fast charging functions with energy generation, conversion and storage of different energy sources. Several electric vehicles (EVs) can be charged simultaneously at fast charging stations during periods of heavy transit traffic. Likewise, demand-side management functions can be provided to compensate for the fluctuating demands of consumption in the local power grid. With energy conversion through electrolysis and power-to-gas (P2G) technologies, the CCP will also support the refuelling of gas / hydrogen vehicles and act as a means of storing energy for the local grid, using different carriers for short-term and seasonal purposes.

Funded by: Horizon 2020, EU-Programm für Forschung und Innovation


Partners: DTI (Danish Technological Institute), Fraunhofer ICT, Sustainable Innovations, Vertech Group, TWI, Danish Power Systems, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Universität Bern, Prüfrex, HyCentA Research GmbH und Accurec.


RECYCALYSE, a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project, aims to sustainably improve energy storage through novel and recyclable catalytic materials for electrolysis. Eleven partners from seven European countries are working to overcome the main obstacles that remain for proton exchange membrane electrolysis cells (PEMEC), namely high capital costs and the use of critical raw materials. The catalysts developed over 3 years will enable critical raw materials to be reduced or eliminated, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and lowering costs. Likewise, the innovations of RECYCALYSE will help to reduce or avoid dependence on material imports in Europe by implementing the recovered elements in the newly developed catalysts, thus contributing to a circular economy. The results of RECYCALYSE will lead to a significant reduction in the levelised cost of energy storage, resulting in improved technical and economic competitiveness of energy storage production in the EU.

Funded by: Ländern Steiermark, Tirol und Wien. Das COMET Programm wird durch die FFG verwaltet.


Partners: LEC GmbH, INNIO Jenbacher GmbH & Co OG, VERBUND Thermal Power GmbH & Co KG, Graz University of Technology - Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics, HyCentA Research GmbH, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


The aim of the project is to develop an overall technology concept to compensate for the increasing fluctuations in the energy supply network. Within the scope of the analysis, different combinations of technologies for energy storage, hydrogen production and hydrogen reconversion are considered and combined with each other. The technology concept is to temporarily store surplus electricity (negative control power) by means of electrolysis in the form of hydrogen in a suitable storage system or by means of battery storage systems. In the event of a fluctuation (positive control power), the hydrogen produced in this way is then fed into the electricity grid as electrical energy using a reconversion module. The overall basic module is designed for an electrical output in the range of 1-15 MW. The plant design in Mellach/Werndorf (Austria) is intended to make the best possible use of the existing infrastructure and, in addition to the economic advantages for the operator, the concept developed is also intended to meet the requirements and criteria for subsidies from the state and the EU with regard to the supply of sustainable energy. The overall goal is the realisation and test operation of the basic module at the Mellach/Werndorf site.

HyCentA has investigated, developed and evaluated different system topologies and plant concepts by means of detailed overall plant modelling. In the simulation-based application study, potential operating regimes for the entire plant are implemented, taking into account real market data and future forecasts. The plant concepts that are suitable from a technical point of view are subjected to an economic analysis. In this way, an optimal topology of the plant and a desired operating regime will be identified for the specific application case of Mellach/Werndorf.

In the course of the project, investigations will be carried out to further improve the operating strategy of the optimised plant topology. In addition, the new development of a universal model for the optimisation of plant layouts and operating strategies will be supported.

Funded by: FFG – Mobilität der Zukunft 15. Ausschreibung


Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, OMV Downstream GmbH, Österreichische Postbus AG, Linde Electronics GmbH, Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz


ReHyB has the goal of a double use of green hydrogen. In a first step, highly pure hydrogen will be used in semiconductor production. Subsequently, the hydrogen will be decoupled, purified and used to supply a public hydrogen filling station. The use of a combined 350 and 700 bar refuelling station infrastructure will enable the use for buses, trucks and cars. The hydrogen provided in this way is to be used, among other things, to enable the H2 operation of a bus fleet in local public transport. HyCentA is responsible for the consortium leadership and the overall project management. Further focal points of the HyCentA project are the conceptual design of H2 purification and bus operation as well as monitoring and validation of H2 extraction, purification and refuelling as well as the optimisation of the bus operation strategy. Furthermore, HyCentA is responsible for the overall simulation of the H2 infrastructure and the scientific monitoring of the project.

Funded by: FFG, KLIEN | Zero Emission Mobility – 3. Ausschreibung


Partners: BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA Research GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Hinterstoder-Wurzeralm Bergbahnen AG, TU Graz, Institut für Elektrische Messtechnik und Sensorik, Black Tree GmbH


Based on HySnow, the HyFleet project continues research and development to achieve ambitious goals: An economically competitive fuel cell system will be integrated into two prototype vehicles and further developed into a product following the HyFleet project. As an innovative measure, HyFleet aims to significantly simplify the topology of fuel cell systems. A novel market strategy will be developed and pursued to offer a customised hydrogen ecosystem (infrastructure and vehicles at the same time) following a business-to-business fleet model, supported by a newly developed innovative configuration tool for customer acquisition. Fronius will further develop the infrastructure technology and drive reliability and market introduction.

HyCentA will be able to further develop its specific knowledge and experience in fuel cell development, freeze-start procedures, operating strategies, function development and model-based control. HyFleet will lead to higher utilisation of the test benches and, through international visibility and possible follow-up projects, to an expansion of the R&D infrastructure.


Funded by: FFG | Mobilität der Zukunft, MdZ - VIF 2020


Partners: Technische Universität Graz, HyCentA Research GmbH, ILF Consulting Engineers Austria GmbH


The HyTRA project addresses the safety implications of hydrogen vehicles (FCEVs) in tunnels. Potential risks of an accident are identified at an early stage of market penetration in order to give tunnel operators sufficient time to adapt their infrastructure to future requirements.

In the course of the project, realistic accident scenarios and their risks are re-examined and re-evaluated under the aspect of the involvement of FCEVs. In addition to the development of the necessary basics, the investigations are primarily carried out on the basis of numerical simulations. These provide the necessary input data for a subsequent systematic and detailed consequence analysis with a quantitative tunnel risk model. The overarching goal of the project is to develop a valid basis for evaluation and recommendations for action that can subsequently be incorporated into national and international laws and guidelines.

In the project, HyCentA is developing the state of the art of FCEVs (cars, buses, trucks), the properties and hazards of hydrogen, and accident scenarios in tunnels with probabilities of occurrence based on traffic statistics.

Funded by: BMK, BMDW, Land Steiermark, Land Oberösterreich– 8. Ausschreibung: Comet-Projekt


Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH, AVL List GmbH, AIT GmbH, BEST Research GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, Henn GmbH und Co KG, LEC GmbH, ÖBB Postbus GmbH, Profactor GmbH, TU Graz – Institut für Wärmetechnik, Institut für Thermodynamik und nachhaltige Antriebssysteme, Insitut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik und Umwelttechnik, Verbund Thermal Power GmbH


HyTechonomy aims to address all challenges along the value chain of the sustainable hydrogen economy by researching the key technologies electrolysers, hydrogen storage systems and fuel cells in six sub-projects and two areas "Energy and Industry" and "Mobility".

The key technologies will be improved and strategies for sector coupling and integration into gas, heat and electricity grids will be identified. Operational management and optimal design of decentralised and centralised systems will be developed. Technological innovations in PEM electrolysis will be achieved in terms of improved cell, stack and system design, with potential industrialisation processes identified. New accelerated load tests for electrolysis and fuel cells will be developed, enabling the identification of countermeasures.

For the first time, the interactions between cell, stack and system level are shown. The service life is increased and the total cost of ownership is reduced. Concepts for storage technologies based on chemical bonds (hydride and hydrocarbons) are being developed. Furthermore, the integration into power plants with high-temperature electrolysis and use of waste heat supply for desorption is presented. Furthermore, optimisation potentials through sector coupling of energy, industry and mobility as well as the ideal combination of key technologies will be shown.

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Funded by: Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des Klima- und Energiefonds (KliEN) durch das BMK gefördert und die Projektabwicklung durch die FFG Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH begleitet.


Partners: FEN Sustain Systems GmbH (FEN-Systems) ,Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG, HyCentA Research, Molinari Rail, WIVA P&G - Wasserstoffinitiative Vorzeigeregion Austria Power & Gas


The HyTrain project creates the scientific basis for the efficient implementation and evaluation of the project "Zillertalbahn 2020+ energy autonomous with hydrogen". The project includes the technical implementation of the local production of green hydrogen via electrolysis on the one hand and the conversion of rail transport to a sustainable fuel cell drive on the other. The goal is the optimal design of the arrangement and size of the drive components as well as an operating strategy to increase the efficiency and service life of the fuel cell stack. Subsequently, the trains and the hydrogen infrastructure will be put into operation and the overall concept will be scientifically validated and evaluated in real operation. In the course of testing, the operating strategy and the drive concept will be further developed in order to sustainably improve the performance of the trains and to provide impetus for innovative train components "Made in Austria".

Within the framework of the project, HyCentA is conducting research on topics such as the safety of hydrogen technology, virtualisation of prototype testing through hardware-in-the-loop simulation (HiL) and novel methods of online fuel cell monitoring. Furthermore, air conditioning is being further optimised through intelligent waste heat utilisation. - HyTrain: BMK INFOTHEK - HyTrain: - HyTrain: - HyTrain: Ecotechnology Austria - HyTrain: A3PS - Zillertalbahn 2020+: clavis Kommunikationsberatung - Zillertalbahn 2020+

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Energieforschung LP 2. AS


Partners: AVL List GmbH, ElringKlinger AG (Germany), Magna Steyr Engineering AG & Co KG, HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA Research GmbH, IMM - Institut für Mechanik und Mechatronik (TU Wien), CEET - Institut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik und Umwelttechnik (TU Graz), IESTA - Institut für Innovative Energie- & Stoffaustauschsysteme


The KEYTECH4EV flagship project aims at innovative key technologies for the demonstration of green hybrid electric vehicles, with a special focus on energy efficiency and cost. This was achieved by improving specific fuel cell system components - KEY TECHNOLOGIES (e.g. hydrogen storage system, fuel cell stack and injector/ejector) - using novel methods, processes and approaches. In addition, a fully integrated diagnostic functionality was incorporated into the fuel cell system, enabling diagnostics-based system control. Finally, a C-segment fuel cell hybrid demonstrator vehicle was built that shows the functionality of the technological solutions developed in KEYTECH4EV. KEYTECH4EV contributes significantly to reducing the main barrier of electric mobility, i.e. range anxiety, drivability, durability and high vehicle cost.

Funded by: Gefördert im Rahmen des FTI-Programms Mobilität der Zukunft durch das Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz und von der Österreichischen Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft abgewickelt.


Partners: OMV Downstream GmbH; Borealis Agrolinz Melamine GmbH; HyCentA Research; Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz; WIVA P&G


The aim of the exploratory study is to produce an overall assessment of the most promising hydrogen supply paths for mobility. This will include a comparative energy and ecological evaluation - starting with green hydrogen and ending with the final application in mobility. In addition to the direct hydrogen pathway, the evaluation will also assess different hydrogen carrier systems.

The project results will also be integrated into the hydrogen initiative showcase region WIVA P&G.

Funded by: Klima- und Energiefonds - Leuchttürme der Elektromobilität, 8. AS Partnerantrag


Partners: BRP Rotax GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA Research GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, ElringKlinger AG, Hinterstoder-Wurzeralm Bergbahnen AG, Instituts für Elektrische Messtechnik und Sensorik, (TU Graz), ECuSol GmbH, Skiclub Hinterstoder (Associated Partner)


Decarbonisation in winter tourism is demonstrated in the highly innovative and holistic showcase project HySnow: A photovoltaic system provides green electricity for an AEM electrolyser that produces green hydrogen. The hydrogen is fuelled to power a newly developed fuel cell system for low-temperature and high-performance destinations, which is integrated into two prototype snowmobile vehicles. The whole chain will be demonstrated under real operating conditions in a top Austrian winter tourism area. The present consortium with its industrial partners, OEMs and researchers is ideally suited to carry out this challenging project, which aims to secure Austria's competitiveness in this important new sector of sustainable winter tourism applications.

Funded by: FFG - Mobilität der Zukunft: Verkehrsinfrastrukturforschung (VIF 2017)


Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH, synergesis, Institut für Eisenbahnwesen und Verkehrswirtschaft, (TU Graz), Lehrstuhl für Energieverbundtechnik Montanuniversität Leoben (MU Leoben), Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz


In HYTRAIL, the identification of potential railway-specific hydrogen applications for infrastructure and operation was carried out, taking into account market-specific aspects and risk factors. Based on the data collection and analysis of current railway infrastructures, the focus was on the development of concrete implementation concepts together with the client, ÖBB Infrastruktur AG. The technical feasibility of these concepts, taking into account safety and economic efficiency, was evaluated. In addition, existing and new areas of application were investigated and evaluated with corresponding risk assessment.

Partners: Fronius International GmbH; Hans Höllwart – Forschungszentrum für Integrales Bauwesen AG (FIBAG), SFL Technologies GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, DB Schenker, BMW und OMV als assoziierte Partner


The aim of this project is to develop a flexible modular cost-optimised hydrogen supply infrastructure for different applications consisting of a scalable 350 bar high-pressure electrolysis, an optional 700 bar compressor module and delivery modules for both pressure levels for different customer requirements. Such a supply infrastructure will be realised at three locations. In addition, a fuel cell range extender vehicle will be implemented on the basis of an existing battery electric vehicle for municipal use. The overall vehicle integration of the fuel cell range extender system will be carried out after optimisation and test operation on a new type of existing fuel cell system integration test stand. During the final test operation, the technologies developed in the project are validated individually and as a whole.

Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH; AVL List GmbH


Within the framework of this project, a highly integrated test infrastructure is to be set up for the first time in Austria, in which fuel cell systems are integrated as hardware in the loop in a virtual overall system and in which, for example, the vehicle, driver and driving cycle are simulated by software in real time. This will enable fuel cell systems to be operated, analysed and optimised dynamically under real load conditions with different peripherals for stationary and mobile applications. The application-oriented research topics to be carried out with this range from energy management, thermal management and vehicle integration to the investigation of the dynamic behaviour, cold-start behaviour and ageing behaviour of fuel cell systems.

Partners: OMV Gas & Power GmbHEVN AGFronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energieinstitut: JKU Linz


As a prerequisite for an overall Power to Gas solution for Austria, a pilot project is to be realised in this project. This includes the development of a new, modular-connected high-pressure PEM electrolyser that flexibly produces hydrogen from renewable (surplus) electricity according to different load profiles. The hydrogen (H2) can be bottled without mechanical compression or fed into the natural gas grid, where it can be stored and transported.

Parnters: HyCentA Research GmbH; AVL List GmbHInstitut für Mechanik und Mechatronik: TU Wien


As part of the activities of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Cluster Austria ("FCH Austria"), industrial research on the instrumentation and actuation of fuel cell test stands is to be carried out. On the one hand, investigations are to be carried out on an innovative, highly dynamic conditioning of the supply media hydrogen and air, and on the other hand, investigations are to be developed on a calibratable principle of dynamic flow measurement for gaseous hydrogen, including the corresponding calibration procedure.

Partners: Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz; HyCentA Research GmbH, K1-Met GmbHEnergie AG OberösterreichEVN AGFronius International GmbHOMV Refining & Marketing GmbHRAG Rohöl-Aufsuchungs AGVerbund Solutions GmbHvoestalpine Stahl GmbH und Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG


In the exploratory project WIVA P&G, an overarching overall concept is being developed to determine how the hydrogen-based showcase region can be optimally implemented, building on the intelligent networking of existing ongoing and planned projects. At the heart of the showcase region is the virtual and real linking and cross-system bundling of existing hydrogen and power-to-gas lighthouses and the addition of new projects initiated in the innovation lab (reduction of white spots), resulting in a complete picture of a hydrogen-based renewable energy system. This networking represents a fundamental basis for the characteristic of a large-scale, internationally representative energy showcase region.

Partners: MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co. KGProton Motor Fuel Cell GmbHInstitut für Fahrzeugantriebe und Automobiltechnik: TU Wien, HyCentA Research GmbH


Based on a battery-electric drive, a vehicle with a medium-power fuel cell system including a hydrogen tank system is being developed. This is intended to provide additional energy for longer emission-free ranges. The original battery will be replaced by a smaller and more cost-efficient battery. The development focus is on optimising the concept and operating strategy in terms of energy and cost efficiency.

Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH; DB SchenkerFronius International GmbHJOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbHLinde Fördertechnik GmbHOMV Refining & Marketing GmbH


The range extender concept with fuel cells for industrial trucks with local hydrogen infrastructure and indoor refuelling demonstrated in the E-LOG BioFleet project will be further developed in this follow-up project. In the demonstration operation over two years, important findings will be generated with regard to service life, user acceptance, user behaviour as well as maintenance and service requirements under real conditions and progressive system ageing. This should create the conditions for an efficient market entry.

Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH; MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co KG, AVL List GmbH, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Fronius International GmbH


Within the framework of this project, company-specific roadmaps of the project partners for the development of innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in and from Austria were drawn up. Based on this, concrete project proposals were developed in the consortium, which have already been and can be submitted as funding applications in the future. The focus was on industrial research, whereby the categories of experimental development and demonstration were expanded and international networking was given special importance.

Partners: iC Clean Energy Solution Ges.m.b.H; HyCentA Research GmbH, RES Invest Holding GmbH


Investigation of a large-scale application of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Exploration of interactions and potential impacts on the Austrian energy system by examining H2O2 systems in detail from a technical, ecological and economic perspective for their suitability as a cost-efficient storage system, especially for renewable energies.

Partners: Linde Fördertechnik GmbH, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, DB Schenker, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH


In the industrial truck sector, a technological leap was realised through the innovative use of a range extender in the form of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. Since the adaptation at DB Schenker in Hörsching/Upper Austria, a demonstration fleet of 15 industrial trucks has been supplied by indoor fuelling, which was implemented for the first time in Austria. The necessary hydrogen is obtained from biomethane via reforming.

Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH; OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, Linde Fördertechnik GmbH


For the decentralised energy supply with electricity / heat / hydrogen from biogas, a market analysis of available plant components (gas treatment, combustion engine, fuel cell) was carried out and a simulation model was developed. The optimal system configuration was determined for three specific applications (filling station with shop, small business, large business) and an implementation concept was created, taking safety requirements into account.

Partners: ECHEM Kompetenzzentrum für Angewandte Elektochemie GmbH; HyCentA Research GmbH, Banner GmbH, Bitter GmbH, Cardec Austria hydrogen technologies GmbH i.G, Fronius International GmbH, S.Graf, Carello Elektrofahrzeuge Erzeugungs- und Vertriebsgesellschaft m.b.H., TU Graz, Magistrat der Stadt Wien, Stadt Wiener Neustadt, Magistratsdirektion, Magistrat Graz


The focus of this project was to develop an overall solution for the use of fuel cell vehicles for internal applications. Hydrogen storage and various technical options for setting up a decentralised hydrogen infrastructure were the goal. By operating FC vehicles under real conditions, the knowledge necessary for series production was gained.

Partners: JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH; HyCentA Research GmbH, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Linde Gas GmbH, Biovest Consulting GmbH, Weizer Naturenergie GmbH


In this project, a first demonstration plant for the practical application of the coupled electrolytic production and use of eco-hydrogen, oxygen and heat was built at the Hydrogen Center Austria HyCentA. In addition to the construction and integration of the plant components, a measurement concept was developed and measurement instruments and a measurement data acquisition system were installed to evaluate the demonstration plant in terms of measurement technology. Furthermore, the establishment of an eco-hydrogen filling station infrastructure for the supply of the first hydrogen vehicle fleets in Austria was ecologically and economically investigated.

(Cooperation project 2010/2013 between HyCentA Research GmbH and MAGNA).
In June 2013, tests for the production of slush (mixture of solid and liquid hydrogen) for the ESA took place at the HyCentA site together with Magna.


Partners: GEJenbacher GmbH & Co OHG; FVT, HyCentA Research GmbH, Profactor Steyr


Optimisation of a gas engine for stationary and mobile applications with different fuel variants of H2 or mixtures of H2 and CO2. In addition, different desulphurisation processes had to be evaluated, as mixtures of H2 and CO2 contained high levels of H2S impurities.

Parnters: OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH; proionic Production of Ionic Substances GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Institut für Verfahrenstechnik des industriellen Umweltschutzes, Montanuniversität Leoben


The primary aim of the project was the pressureless, homogeneous and safe storage of hydrogen at room temperature. The result was an ionic storage medium that requires only a small amount of energy for charging and discharging, has no obvious lifetime limitation, is stable against hydrolosis and releases the hydrogen catalytically without adding heat to the catalytic cell. Furthermore, the efficiency and thermodynamics of the process as well as an infrastructure concept for the new technology were developed and the storage media were characterised physico-chemically, their durability optimised and their ecological and toxicological effects assessed.

Partners: Institut für VKM und Thermodynamik, TU Graz; BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH, Hörbiger Valve Tec GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH


In this project, the potential use of hydrogen in internal combustion engines was examined and investigated using a combustion process with H2 self-ignition. For this purpose, among other things, an injector test bench was set up and integrated into the existing technical and safety infrastructure of the HyCentA.

(Cooperation project between HyCentA Research GmbH and IVT).

By converting the combustion engine of a Mercedes Benz E 200 NGT from natural gas to hydrogen operation, a bridging technology was created that allows the combustion of petrol, natural gas, hydrogen and their mixtures. The fuel storage system also had to be adapted accordingly. The vehicle was appropriately named HyCar1 and is still used as a company vehicle at HyCentA today.

Partners: MAGNA Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG; Spath MicroElectronicDesign GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH


The aim was to develop an automotive measuring system that enables the complete monitoring of an internal liquid hydrogen tank. The development includes conceptual design and prototype construction. Due to a safety-related demanding filling level measurement, a functionally reliable strategy had to be pursued for the construction.

Parnters: Institut für Elektrische Messtechnik und Messsignalverarbeitung; OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH


The aim of the project was to evaluate different methods for flow measurement of liquid hydrogen (LH2) for automotive applications. The functional testing of the set-ups was carried out on the test stand of HyCentA Research GmbH. The infrastructure allowed investigations in both cryogenic liquid and gaseous hydrogen for pressures of up to 350 bar. The equipment with high-quality measurement and control technology enabled reproducible experiments with a high degree of automation.

Partners: Fronius International GmbH; Bitter GmbH, Biovest Consulting GmbH, Clusterland OÖ GmbH, HyCentA Resarch GmbH


Using a 2 kW fuel cell, this project demonstrated the dominant advantages of range extender propulsion technology in logistics traction vehicles. These advantages include refuelling in less than 3 minutes, constant and high performance over 5 shifts, complete freedom from emissions and superior environmental friendliness compared to vehicles with traction battery drive or combustion engine. The hydrogen supply for the range-extender logistics train was provided by a refuelling facility built on site. The hydrogen was produced on site using a PEM electrolyser from solar power generated by the photovoltaic system installed on the factory roof.


  • Eurosolar – Österreichischer Solarpreis 2007
  • Österreichische Staatspreis für Energietechnik 2007
  • Energy Globe Oberösterreich 2007 – Gesamtsieg
  • Energy Globe Austria 2007 – Kategoriesieg Luft und Gesamtsieg

Partners: MAGNA Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG; VENTREX Automotive Ges.m.b.H., HyCentA Research GmbH, Ing. Fritz Fuchs Ges.m.b.H.


Through a new pressure assembly system implemented in this project, individual system components were developed, their respective functionality demonstrated, suitably designed and assembled into a complete tank system for testing purposes. This made it possible to demonstrate clear advantages of a new type of liquid hydrogen tank system compared to the state of the art in terms of system dynamics and reliability.

Partners: Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH; HyCentA Research GmbH, Linde Gas GmbH


In a technical analysis, the possibilities of the coupled use of oxygen and heat were investigated as new technical solutions in the production of eco-hydrogen. The technical options were also evaluated economically and ecologically. This work was complemented by a case study on the innovative electrolytic production of eco-hydrogen at HyCentA, which also included an accompanying research programme for a future realisation for eco-hydrogen production and its use.

Partners: Institut für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen & Thermodynamik: TU-Graz; Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik: TU-Graz, HyCentA Research GmbH


The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of hydrogen in combustion engines as a drive for two-wheelers and recreational vehicles. Starting with a comparison of technologies (combustion process, storage system, fuelling), through an investigation of the framework conditions (law, environment, safety, technology, politics), to the definition of requirements (customer acceptance, economic viability), a decision-making basis for future development projects was created.