Groundbreaking ceremony for the Renewable Gasfield project

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the implementation of the Renewable Gasfield project took place in the municipality of Gabersdorf on Friday 08.04.2022. With this investment by Energie Steiermark, an important milestone was reached in the implementation of this lighthouse project for Styria. The plant is expected to start regular operation at the end of the year. The first regional customer for the green hydrogen produced was found in the industrial company Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten AG – a subsidiary of the globally active Sandvik Group. The company is based in St. Martin and will purchase around 70 tonnes of green hydrogen annually for its processes starting from 2023. (Photo credit: Energie Steiermark)

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The Long Race of Number One

Researchers Stefan Brandstätter and Thomas Stöhr provide a concise insight of our contribution to the “long race of number one” – hydrogen – in a recent press article. The solution approaches of the UpHy project presented were recently awarded in the category “Forschen. Entwickeln. Neue Wege weisen.” with the State Prize for Mobility. (© Article image: Helmut Lunghammer,

HySnow wins EL-MOTION Award 2022

HySnow – Decarbonization of winter tourism by hydrogen-powered fuel cell snowmobiles – has been awarded the EL-MO Award. The HySnow project is funded by the Climate and Energy Fund as part of the 8th call for Lighthouses of Electromobility. Read More.

Video archive

In recent years, HyCentA has repeatedly provided information and dispelled myths on the topic of hydrogen in various broadcasts.  A number of prizes have also been won for the excellent research work. In our video archive you will find a number of selected contributions.

16. Symposium Energy Innovation 2020

In the course of the 16th Symposium Energy Innovation 2020 from 12-14 February 2020 with the topic “ENERGY FOR FUTURE – Pathways to Climate Neutrality” at the TU Graz, two research topics were presented by Bernhard Staggl and Michael Richter from the HyCentA. The two contributions on recycling methods for hydrogen in the semiconductor industry and the optimisation of plant configurations in power-to-gas applications arose from research work in the H2Pioneer and Renewable Gasfield projects, and met with lively interest from the conference participants. The papers are available in German only.

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VCÖ – Award Ceremony

The festive award ceremony of this year’s VCÖ Mobility Prize took place on 17 September in the wonderful ambience of the Odeon Theatre in Vienna. Out of the 388 submitted projects, concepts and ideas on the topic “Promoting the Mobility Turnaround” for the VCÖ Mobility Award a total of 10 projects in 10 different categories were awarded. The project HYTRAIL – Hydrogen Technology for Railway Infrastructure won the category Research and Scientific Studies. “An important project to fully electrify the railway,” emphasized VCÖ Managing Director Willi Nowak. The project consortium led by HyCentA Research GmbH is made up of synergesis, the Institute for Railways and Transport Economy at Graz University of Technology, the Chair of Energy Network Technology of Montanuniversität Leoben and the Energy Institute of Johannes Kepler University Linz. All partners involved have many years of extensive experience with R&D projects and were thus able to contribute their expertise in the best possible way.

HyCentA was represented by Mateja Gyurica, Patrick Pertl and CEO Alexander Trattner at the award ceremony, the Montanuniversität Leoben was represented by Julia Vopava.



Opening of a hydrogen refueling station at Graz-Liebenau

On Wednesday, 29th of March 2017, Dr. Peter Piffl-Percevic, municipal council of Graz and Wilfried Gepp, head of OMV service stations in Austria opened OMV’s 4th hydrogen refueling station in Austria.

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Opening of Europe’s most modern fuel cell system integration test facility

Within the project HIFAI-RSA a test infrastructure is developed and built to analyse fuel cell systems under real environmental conditions. On Friday, 21st of October 2016, the test facility was opened by HyCentA’s CEO Manfred Klell.


Presentation of hydrogen-vehicles on HyCentA’s grounds

On Wednesday, 8th of June 2016, hydrogen driven vehicles, which at present are used in Austria, were presented on HyCentA’s premises.

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Construction of Europe’s most modern fuel cell system integration test bed

In the course of the project HIFAI-RSA a test infrastructure is built to test, analyse and optimize fuel cells, fuel cell systems and their peripheral equipment as hardware-in-the-loop under extreme conditions.


Opening of World’s first 100 kW high-pressure PEM-Electrolysis plant

The project W2H focuses on producing hydrogen with excess wind energy by using high-pressure PEM-Electrolysis. On the 19th of August 2015, the power plant, which was developed within this project was opened by Alois Stöger, Technology Minister at that time.


First public hydrogen gas-station in Austria

On 17th of October 2012, oil and gas company OMV opens Austria’s first public hydrogen gas-station in Vienna, Floridsdorf.