The infrastructure with its modern, equipped test beds as well as its expert staff permits the realization of hydrogen relevant research and development projects. The Hydrogen Center Austria is actively engaged in independent research projects, projects with shareholders, remittance works for customers and international cooperation.


Current projects


HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA - Hydrogen Technology Basis for WIVA

(01.04.2019 - 31.03.2022)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Energy Model Region 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 reach a higher level of industrialization by developing next generation PEM fuel cell as well as high-pressure electrolysis technology. By applying advanced catalyst coated membrane materials and the usage of sophisticated expertise in bipolar plate manufacturing, HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA fundamentally improves state-of-the-art electrolysis technology. Moreover, a generic PEM fuel cell system platform based on next generation low-cost metal bipolar plates stack architecture and highly function integrated peripheral components paves the way for a broader range of marketable applications. Both the electrolysis as well as the fuel cell technology benefit from newly considered holistic approach applied in HYTECHBASIS 4 WIVA.


H2Pioneer - Pave the way for green hydrogen for early adopters in the light Industry

(01.10.2018 - 31.12.2020)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Energy Model Region 2017 WIVA P&G

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

H2Pioneer targets green hydrogen applications for an industry segment with moderate hydrogen capacity needs and superior quality requirements. Complying with the highest industrial requirements for hydrogen purity, quality monitoring and supply reliability, H2Pioneer raises green hydrogen to the next level of industrial usage in addition to the current fields of application in mobility or for thermal utilization and enables industrial clients to take part in the overall energy transition by sector coupling. The focus of the project is the application of hydrogen at a semiconductor production site. H2Pioneer challenges the current supply chain of central, fossil fuel-based production by steam methane reforming, liquefaction and delivery via trailer through the implementation of an onsite, green energy driven electrolyser and purification system in an accompanying project. Another key goal is the development of a modular thermodynamic simulation tool for the optimization of hydrogen cycles for industrial processes with a focus on hydrogen quality and its reutilization options to further increase the overall energy efficiency.


UpHy I - Upscaling of green hydrogen for mobility and Industry –

(04.05.2018 – 03.05.2022)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Energy Model Region 2017 WIVA P&G

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

A goal of UpHy I is the development of advanced analytical methods to detect all desired hydrogen quality parameters (ISO 14687-2) directly from the dispenser. A further major goal is the development of a mobile mass measurement technique which is urgently needed for official calibration of dispensed mass at all HRS. Hence, UpHy I facilitates the further expansion of the HRS network by developing solutions for official calibration of gas Quality and dispensed hydrogen mass. Furthermore, the gas quality testing of the overall hydrogen value chain from production over distribution to the HRS will be performed with respect to the new standards. In addition, concepts for upscaling scenarios of green hydrogen production by electrolysis as well as the corresponding logistics for distribution and a modular hydrogen refuelling station consisting of a 300 bar trailer refilling hub and a 350 bar refuelling infrastructure for busses and trucks will be developed, which will serve a basis for the follow up project UpHy II.


HyTruck - Hydrogen Truck Austria

(01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Energy Model Region 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 main project goal of HyTruck is to develop, build, calibrate and validate a heavy-duty Fuel Cell System including its key technologies that fulfils the requirements of commercial vehicles regarding power, efficiency, reliability and lifetime. It consists of new and innovative control strategies that improve key characteristics compared to the state-of-the-art. New and innovative energy management at the vehicle level will be essential. Additionally, the hydrogen tank system will be laid out accordingly including thermal simulation. The involvement of truck OEMs and truck fleet operators ensures the development of a market-oriented, flexible and modular fuel cell system, which is suitable for many commercial use cases. It is planned to perform the vehicle integration of the validated HyTruck HD fuel cell system and to further demonstrate the FC truck in daily business at a fleet operator within the WIVA P&G follow-up project HyTruck 2.


RNG - Renewable Gasfield

(1.12.2018 - 30.11.2021)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Energy Model Region 2017 WIVA P&G

Partners: Energie Steiermark Technik GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energieinstitut 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)

The holistic Power-to-Gas approach of Renewable Gasfield combines hydrogen production from renewable energy sources via electrolysis with a newly developed load-flexible methanation plant. The versatile infrastructure concept includes storage, distribution and utilization of renewable hydrogen and synthetically produced methane with the consideration of regional conditions. The utilized load-flexible methanation technology, as required in combination with fluctuating renewable energies, will be directly coupled to an existing biogas plant. The methanation plant is part of a corresponding KPC project. The modularity of the infrastructure concept is a key innovation of this approach and allows a subsequent expansion of all plant sections to future requirements.

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Move2zero – Full decarbonisation of an urban public transport bus system and integration of innovative on-demand services

(01.05.2019 – 30.04.2023)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund – Zero Emission Mobility 2nd Call Partner Application

Partner: 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

The severe fine dust pollution and climate-damaging emissions of fossil fuelled public transport in the inner city of Graz require the development of a holistic concept for a full decarbonisation of the urban bus service comprising 171 busses. Based on real operation data of a demo fleet with 7 fuel cell and 7 battery electric busses. HyCenta is mainly responsible for the concept phase of the hydrogen refuelling station localised at the Buscenter of Holding Graz, support of tendering and authorisation procedures as well as techno-economic accompanying studies of the demo fleet operation. Concepts for the supply of the entire bus fleet with renewable hydrogen including on-site electrolysis, pipeline, multiple locations for production and refuelling stations, etc. will be elaborated and evaluated with respect to their feasibility. A key element of the project is the research and development of novel efficient compressor technologies. Prototypes of an industrial scale mechanical piston compressor and a lab-scale electrochemical compressor will be designed and tested on sophisticated test benches.


AEM Neo - Novel Efficient Organic binder materials for AEM water electrolysis

(01.04.2022 - 31.03.2024)

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 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 durability. On the one hand, systematic experiments will generate a comprehensive understanding of the internal processes, which will help to boost further development. On the other hand, the internal layer structure is specifically modified with ionically conductive polymers to increase performance.


CrossChargePoint - Integrated Multi-Energy Storages coupling the power network to the transportation sector

(01.02.2021 – 31.01.2024)

Funded by: Energy research (e!MISSION), European and international cooperations, ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus RegSYS 2019

Partner: 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

This project aims at providing solutions for the optimised allocation of surplus energy to long- or short-term energy storages as well as transportation supply. Particular concerns of different regions with differing geographical, climatic and economic conditions are taken into account to develop a CrossChargePoint (CCP). The CCP is a new type of charging station functioning as virtual power plant (VPP), combining fast charging capabilities with energy generation, transformation and storage. The CCP provides fast charging simultaneously for multiple electric vehicles (EV) in periods of heavy transit traffic, as well as demand-side management capabilities covering fluctuating demands from transportation and consumption in the local electricity grid. Energy transformation by electrolysis and power-to-gas (P2G) enables the CCP to support gas/hydrogen vehicle fuelling and to operate as energy storage for the local grid, using different carriers for short-term and seasonal energy storage.


RECYCALYSE: new sustainable and recyclable catalytic materials for proton exchange membrane electrolysers

(01.04.2020 - 31.03.2023)

Funded by: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

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

RECYCALYSE, a Horizon 2020 research and innovation project, will enhance the energy storage market through novel and recyclable catalytic materials made of abundant elements. Eleven partners from seven European countries will work for 36 months to overcome the main barriers that remain for proton exchange membrane electrolysers cells (PEMEC), namely high capital cost and use of critical raw materials, and to boost the economic competitiveness of the European Union (EU) energy storage production. The idea behind RECYCALYSE is to disrupt the energy storage market through the development and manufacture of highly active sustainable oxygen evolution catalysts, and through a recycling scheme for PEMEC catalysts, electrodes and overall system. This technology will help to reduce or eliminate critical raw materials, thus decreasing CO2 emissions and reducing costs. Likewise, RECYCALYSE’s innovations will contribute to reduce or avoid dependence on materials imports in Europe, by implementing the recovered elements in the newly developed catalysts, thus contributing to a circular economy. In summary, RECYCALYSE will result in a substantial reduction in the levelized costs of energy storage, leading to an improved technical and economic competitiveness of EU energy storage production suitable to store a large amount of energy at reduced costs.


Hy2Power -  Hydrogen to Power

(01.05.2020 - 30.06.2022)

Funded within the COMET program by BMK, BMDW and the provinces of Styria, Tyrol and Vienna. The COMET program is administered by the FFG.

Partner: 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 Hy2Power is to develop an overall technology concept that will 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 will be considered. The technology concept stores surplus electricity (e.g. negative control power) by means of electrolysis in the form of hydrogen in a suitable storage system or by a battery storage systems. In the event of positive control power demand, the hydrogen produced is then fed into the power grid as electrical energy using a reconversion module. The overall basic module is designed for an combined electrical power 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. In addition to the economic advantages for the operator, the elaborated concept shall also meet the requirements and criteria for subsidies by the state and the EU regarding the supply by sustainable energy. The overall objective is the realization and test operation of the basic module at the Mellach/Werndorf site.

HyCentA has investigated, elaborated and evaluated different system topologies and plant concepts by means of a detailed overall plant modeling. In the simulation-based application study, potential operating regimes for the overall 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. Thereby, an optimal topology of the plant as well as a desired operating regime will be identified for the concrete application Mellach/Werndorf.

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


ReHyB – Reuse of Hydrogen for Bus Applications

(01.06.2021 – 31.05.2024)

Funded by: FFG – Mobility of the Future 15. Call

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

The goal of ReHyB is a twofold use of green hydrogen. In a first step high purity hydrogen in used in semiconductor production. Subsequently, the hydrogen will be collected, cleaned and re-used for supplying a public hydrogen fueling station. A combination of 350 and 700 bar dispenser will allow the use for buses, cars, and heavy-duty vehicles. The supplied hydrogen will power a public bus fleet to decarbonise public transport. HyCentA is in the lead of the consortium and project management. Further, it will conceptually design the hydrogen purification and the bus operation and will monitor and validate the H2 collection, purification, and fueling. Moreover it is responsible for system simulation and scientific monitoring.


HyFleet – Decarbonisation of Mobility by Hydrogen Powered Special Vehicle Fleets

(01.04.2022 - 31.03.2024)

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

Partner: 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 the project HySnow, HyFleet continues research and development to achieve ambitious goals: An economically competitive fuel cell system will be integrated into two prototype side-by-side 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 customized 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 test bed utilization and, through international visibility and possible follow-on projects, to an expansion of the R&D infrastructure.


HyTRA – Hydrogen Tunnel Risk Assessment

(1.06.2021 - 30.11.2023)

Funded by: FFG | Mobility of the Future, MdZ - VIF 2020

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

The project HyTRA addresses the safety implications of hydrogen vehicles (FCEV) in tunnel systems. Potential risks of an accident are identified at an early stage of market penetration 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 will be re-examined and re-evaluated under the aspect of the involvement of FCEVs. In addition to the development of the necessary fundamentals, the investigations are primarily based on numerical simulations. These provide the necessary input data for a subsequent systematic and detailed consequence analysis with a quantitative tunnel risk model. The overall objective of the project is to develop a valid basis for evaluation and recommendations, which can subsequently be incorporated into national and international laws and guidelines.

In the project, HyCentA elaborates 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.


HyTechonomy – Hydrogen Technology for Sustainable Economies

(01.04.2021 - 31.03.2025)

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

Partner: 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 tackle all problems along the value chain of the sustainable hydrogen economy by research on the key hydrogen technologies: electrolysers, hydrogen storage systems and fuel cells in six sub-projects and two areas “Energy and Industry” as well as “Mobility”.

The key technologies will be improved and strategies for sector coupling and integration into gas, heat and electricity networks will be identified. The operational management and optimal design of decentralised and centralised systems will be developed. Technological innovations of PEM electrolysis will be achieved regarding improved cell, stack and system layout with identification of potential industrialisation processes. New accelerated stress tests for electrolysis and fuel cells will be developed which allow the identification of countermeasures.

The interactions between cell, stack and system level are shown for the first time. Life span will be increased and total costs of ownership will be reduced. Concepts of storage technologies based on chemical bonds (hydride and hydrocarbons) are developed. In addition, the integration into power plants with high-temperature electrolysis and usage of waste heat supply for desorption is presented. In addition, identification of optimization potentials by sector coupling of energy, industry and mobility as well as the ideal combination of the key technologies are targeted.

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HyTrain - Development of the world's first narrow-gauge railroad powered by hydrogen

(01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024)

The project is funded by the BMK within the framework of the Climate and Energy Fund (KliEN) and the project management is accompanied by the FFG Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH.

Partner: FEN Sustain Systems GmbH (FEN-Systems), Zillertaler Verkehrsbetriebe AG, HyCentA Research, Molinari Rail, WIVA P&G - Hydrogen Initiative Showcase Region 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 the rail transport to a sustainable fuel cell drive on the other hand. 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 as well as 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 scope of the project, HyCentA is conducting research on topics including the safety of hydrogen technology, virtualization of prototype testing through hardware-in-the-loop simulation (HiL), and novel methods of online fuel cell monitoring. Furthermore, air conditioning is being further optimized through intelligent waste heat recovery.

Further links: - HyTrain: BMK INFOTHEK - HyTrain: - HyTrain: - HyTrain: Ecotechnology Austria - HyTrain: A3PS - Zillertalbahn 2020+: clavis Kommunikationsberatung - Zillertalbahn 2020+


Completed Projects

KEYTECH4EV - Development and Demonstration of Key Technologies for Low-cost Electric Vehicle Platforms

(01.02.2017 - 31.01.2020)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund - Energieforschung LP 2. AS

Partner: AVL List GmbH, ElringKlinger AG (Germany), Magna Steyr Engineering AG & Co KG, HOERBIGER Ventilwerke GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA HyCentA Research GmbH, IMM - Institute of Mechanic and Mechatronic (Vienna University of Technology), CEET - Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology (Graz University of Technology), IESTA Institut für Innovative Energie- & Stoffaustauschsysteme

The KEYTECH4EV flagship project aims at innovative key technologies for the demonstration of electric vehicles with green hybrid propulsion, with particular emphasis 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 has been incorporated into the fuel cell system, enabling diagnosis-based system control. Finally, a C-segment fuel cell hybrid demonstrator vehicle was built that demonstrates the functionality of the technological solutions developed in KEYTECH4EV. KEYTECH4EV makes a significant contribution to reducing the main barriers to electric mobility, i.e. range anxiety, driveability, durability and high vehicle costs.

EnergyHyWay – Potential assessment of the large-scale storage and use of hydrogen in elemental and chemically bound form

(02.2021 – 01.2022)

Funded by: Funded within the framework of the FTI programme Mobility of the Future by the BMK and by the FFG

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

The aim of the exploratory study is 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.

HySnow - Decarbonisation of Winter Tourism by Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Snowmobiles

(01.04.2017 – 31.03.2021)

Funded by: Climate and Energy Fund - Austrian Electric Mobility Flagship Projects, 8th Call Partner Application

Partner: BRP Rotax GmbH & Co KG, HyCentA Research GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, ElringKlinger AG, Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing (Graz University of Technology), ECuSol GmbH, Skiclub Hinterstoder (Associated Partner)

Decarbonisation in winter tourism is demonstrated in the highly innovative and holistic flagship project HySnow: A photoelectric plant yields green electricity for an AEM electrolyser producing green hydrogen. The hydrogen is fuelled to drive a newly developed fuel cell system for the low temperature and high-performance targets, which will be integrated into two prototype snowmobile vehicles. The whole chain will be demonstrated under real-life operating conditions in an Austrian top winter tourism area. The present consortium with its industrial partners, OEMs and researchers is ideally suited to carry out this demanding project, aimed to secure Austria’s competitiveness in this important new sector of sustainable winter tourism applications.

HYTRAIL - Hydrogen Technology for Railway Infrastructure

(01.08.2018 - 31.05.2019)

Funded by: FFG - Future mobility: Transport infrastructure research (VIF 2017)

Partner: HyCentA Research GmbH, synergesis, Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy, (Graz University of Technology), Chair of Energy Network Technology (Montanuniversität Leoben), Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz


In HYTRAIL the identification of potential rail-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 examined and evaluated with corresponding risk assessment.

FCH ReFuel

(01.09.2015 – 31.08.2019)

Partners: Fronius International GmbH; SFL Technologies GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, DB Schenker, BMW and OMV as associate partners

Goal of this project is to develop a flexible modular cost efficient hydrogen supply infrastructure for different applications consisting of a scalable 350 bar high-pressure electrolysis, an optional 700 bar compressor unit and a dispenser module for both pressure for different customer requirements. Such an infrastructure will be developed on three different locations. Additionally, a battery driven vehicle for municipal usage will be changed to a fuel cell range extender vehicle. The vehicle integration of the fuel cell range extender system will happen after optimization and testing at a newly available fuel cell system integration test bed. Within the final testing, all developed technologies will be validated, both separately and combined.

HIFAI-RSA (01/07/2014 – 30/06/2018):

project consortium: A) HyCentA Research GmbH; AVL List GmbH

Within the framework of this project, a highly integrated test infrastructure is developed for the first time in Austria, which will be used to put fuel cell systems as hardware-in-the-loop in a virtual overall system. The rest of the overall system, like vehicle, driver and driving cycles is simulated in real-time. With such an infrastructure, fuel cell systems can be operated dynamically under real load conditions with a variety of peripherals for stationary and mobile applications to analyse and optimize those combinations. Application oriented research topics range from energy management, through thermal management and vehicle integration to investigation of dynamic behaviour, cold start behaviour and ageing behaviour of fuel cell systems.

W2H (01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017):

project consortium: A) OMV Gas & Power GmbH; EVN AG, Fronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energieinstitut: JKU Linz

As requirement for a power to gas-overall solution for Austria, a pilot plant is to be realized in this project. This includes the development of a new, module interconnected high-pressure PEM electrolyzer, which produces hydrogen flexibly with the aid of renewable (excess) electricity according different load profiles. Hydrogen (H2) can be filled or fed into the natural gas grid, stored and transported without any mechanical compression.

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FCH Media (01/01/2014 – 30/06/2017):

project consortium: A) HyCentA Research GmbH; AVL List GmbH, Institut für Mechanik und Mechatronik: TU Wien

Within the activities of the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Cluster Austria (FCH Austria) industrial research for instrumentation and actuation of fuel cell test beds is performed. In the process, both investigations on an innovative high dynamic conditioning unit for supply fluids, like hydrogen and air, will be performed and investigations on a verifiable principle for dynamic flow measurement for gaseous hydrogen, including the corresponding calibration methods, will be developed.

FC REEV (01/08/2014 – 31/10/2016):

project consortium: A) MAGNA STEYR Engineering AG & Co. KG; Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, Institut für Fahrzeugantriebe und Automobiltechnik: TU Wien, HyCentA Research GmbH

Based on a battery-electric driven propulsion system a vehicle with a fuel cell system medium capacity inclusive hydrogen tank is developed. The aim is to obtain farther emission free ranges by providing additional energy. The original battery is replaced by a smaller and more cost-efficient battery. The areas of development focus on optimization of concept and operation strategy regarding energy- and cost efficiency.

E-LOG BioFleet II (01/07/2014 – 30/06/2016):

project consortium: A) HyCentA Research GmbH; DB Schenker, Fronius International GmbH, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Linde Fördertechnik GmbH, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH

The range-extender concept with fuel cells for industrial truck with a local hydrogen infrastructure and interior refuelling station demonstrated in the project E-LOG BioFleet has been continued in this project. During the 2 year demonstration run, important conclusions about lifetime, user acceptance, user behaviour as well as maintenance and service requirements under real conditions and progressive system ageing will be drawn out. This shall create the requirements needed for an efficient market entry.



FCH Projekte (01/07/2013 – 30/06/2014):

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

Under this project, company-specific roadmaps of the project partners have been created to develop innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in and from Austria. Based on those roadmaps, project proposals were developed within the consortium, which were already and will be in the future handed in as funding applications. Focus here was the industrial research, although it was extended to experimental development and demonstration, while the international networking was of special importance.


Destore (01/08/2012 – 31/07/2013):

project consortium: A) iC Clean Energy Solution GmbH; HyCentA Research GmbH, RES Invest Holding GmbH

Investigations of a large-scale usage of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) were the focus of this project. An exploration of interdependencies and potential effects on the Austrian energy system was carried out by technical, environmental and economical analysis of H2O2 systems.


E-Log Biofleet (01/06/2010 – 31/05/2014):

project consortium: A) Linde Fördertechnik GmbH, OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, DB Schenker, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Im Flurförderzeugbereich wurde durch einen innovativen Einsatz eines Range Extenders in Form einer wasserstoffbetriebenen Brennstoffzelle ein Technologiesprung realisiert. Eine Demonstrationsflotte von 15 Flurförderfahrzeugen wird seit der Adaption bei DB Schenker in Hörsching/Oberösterreich durch die erstmals in Österreich umgesetzte Indoors-Betankung versorgt. Der notwendige Wasserstoff wird über Reforming aus Biomethan gewonnen.

BioEnergie (01/04/2010 – 30/09/2011):

project consortium: A) HyCentA Research GmbH; OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, Linde Fördertechnik GmbH

Für die dezentrale Energieversorgung mit Strom / Wärme / Wasserstoff aus Biogas wurde eine Marktanalyse verfügbarer Anlagenkomponenten (Gasaufbereitung, Verbrennungskraftmaschine, Brennstoffzelle) durchgeführt und ein Simulationsmodell entwickelt. Für drei konkrete Anwendungen (Tankstelle mit Shop, Kleinunternehmen, Großunternehmen) wurde die optimale Anlagenkonfiguration bestimmt und unter Berücksichtigung von Sicherheitsauflagen ein Umsetzungskonzept erstellt.

HyCart (01/07/2008 – 30/06/2010):

project consortium: A) 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

Fokus dieses Projektes war eine Gesamtlösung für den Einsatz von Brennstoffzellenfahrzeugen für innerbetriebliche Anwendungen auszuarbeiten. Die Wasserstoffspeicherung und verschiedene technische Möglichkeiten zum Aufbau einer dezentralen Wasserstoffinfrastruktur waren das Ziel. Durch den Betrieb von BZ-Fahrzeugen unter realen Bedingungen wurden die für einen Serieneinsatz notwendigen Erkenntnisse gewonnen.

Öko H2-Tankstelle (01/10/2007 – 30/09/2010):

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

In diesem Projekt wurde am Hydrogen Center Austria HyCentA eine erste Demonstrationsanlage zur praxisnahen Anwendung der gekoppelten elektrolytischen Erzeugung und Nutzung von Öko-Wasserstoff, Sauerstoff und Wärme errichtet. Neben der Errichtung und Integration der Anlagenkomponenten wurde ein Messkonzept entwickelt sowie Messinstrumente und ein Messdatenerfassungssystem installiert, um die Demonstrationsanlage messtechnisch zu evaluieren. Des Weiteren wurde der Aufbau einer Öko-Wasserstoff-Tankstellen-Infrastruktur für die Versorgung erster Wasserstoff-Fahrzeugflotten in Österreich ökologisch und ökonomisch untersucht.


(cooperation project 2010/2013 between HyCentA Research GmbH and MAGNA)

Im Juni 2013 fanden am Gelände des HyCentA gemeinsam mit Magna Versuche zur Produktion von Slush (Mischung aus festem und flüssigem Wasserstoff) für die ESA statt.

H2Eth-Hybrid (01/07/2007 – 31/03/2009):

project consortium: A) GEJenbacher GmbH & Co OHG; FVT, HyCentA Research GmbH, Profactor Steyr

Optimieren eines Gasmotors für stationäre und mobile Anwendungen bei unterschiedlichen Kraftstoffvarianten von H2 bzw. Gemischen aus H2 und CO2. Zusätzlich waren verschiedene Entschwefelungsverfahren zu evaluieren, da Gemische aus H2 und CO2 hohe Verunreinigungen mit H2S beinhalteten.


Safe Hydrogen Storage (01/01/2007 – 30/04/2009):

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

Projektziel war primär die drucklose, homogene und sichere Speicherung von Wasserstoff bei Raumtemperatur. Ergebnis war ein ionisches Speichermedium, dass nur einen geringen Energieeinsatz für die Be- und Entladung benötigt, keine offensichtliche Lebensdauerbeschränkung, Stabilität gegenüber Hydrolose und eine katalytische Freisetzung des Wasserstoffes ohne Wärmezufuhr in die Katalysezelle aufweist. Weiters wurde die Effizient und Thermodynamik des Verfahrens sowie ein Infrastrukturkonzept für die neue Technologie erstellt und die Speichermedien physikalisch-chemisch charakterisiert, ihre Haltbarkeit optimiert und ihre ökologischen und toxikologischen Auswirkungen abgeschätzt.


H2BVPlus (01/01/2007 – 31/12/2008)

projekt consortium: A) Institut für VKM und Thermodynamik, TU Graz; BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH, Hörbiger Valve Tec GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH

Betrachtung und Untersuchungen eines Brennverfahrens mit H2-Selbstzündung beantworteten in diesem Projekt die potentielle Nutzung von Wasserstoff in Verbrennungskraftmaschinen. Dafür wurde unter anderem ein Injektorprüfstand aufgebaut und in die vorhandene technische und sicherheitstechnische Infrastruktur des HyCentA eingebunden.


(cooperation project 2007 between HyCentA Research GmbH and IVT)

Durch die Umrüstung des Verbrennungsmotors eines Mercedes Benz E 200 NGT von Erdgas- auf Wasserstoffbetrieb wurde eine Brückentechnologie geschaffen, die die Verbrennung von Benzin, Erdgas, Wasserstoff und deren Gemischen erlaubt. Auch musste das Treibstoffspeichersystem dementsprechend angepasst werden. Das Fahrzeug wurde passend HyCar1 getauft und wird bis heute als Firmenfahrzeug am HyCentA verwendet.

Sensorcluster LH2 (01/01/2007 – 31/12/2007):

project consortium: A) MAGNA Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG; Spath MicroElectronicDesign GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH

Ziel war die Entwicklung eines automotiven Messsystems, mit welchem die vollständige Überwachung eines Flüssigwasserstoff-Innentanks ermöglicht wurde. Die Entwicklung umfasst Konzeptionierung und Prototypenbau. Durch eine sicherheitstechnisch anspruchsvolle Füllstandsmessung musste für den Aufbau eine funktionssichere Strategie verfolgt werden.

CryoSens (01/12/2006 – 30/11/2007):

project consortium: A) Institut für Elektrische Messtechnik und Messsignalverarbeitung; OMV Refining & Marketing GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH

Ziel des Projektes war die Evaluierung verschiedener Methoden zur Durchflussmessung von flüssigem Wasserstoff (LH2) für automotive Anwendungen. Die Funktionsprüfung der Aufbauten erfolgte auf dem Prüfstand der HyCentA Research GmbH. Die Infrastruktur erlaubte Untersuchungen sowohl im tiefkalt-flüssigem als auch mit gasförmigen Wasserstoff für Drücke von bis zu 350 bar. Die Ausstattung mit hochwertiger Mess- und Regeltechnik ermöglichte reproduzierbare Experimente mit einem hohen Grad an Automatisierung.

Hylog (01/01/2006 – 31/08/2009):

project consortium: A) Fronius International GmbH; Bitter GmbH, Biovest Consulting GmbH, Clusterland OÖ GmbH, HyCentA Resarch GmbH

Durch eine 2 kW Brennstoffzelle wurden in diesem Projekt die dominanten Vorteile der Range-Extender Antriebstechnologie bei Logistikzugfahrzeugen demonstriert. Zu diesen Vorteilen zählen Betankung in weniger als 3 Minuten, konstante und hohe Leistung über 5 Schichten, vollständige Emissionsfreiheit und überragende Umweltfreundlichkeit im Vergleich zu Fahrzeugen mit Traktionsbatterieantrieb bzw. Verbrennungskraftmaschine. Die Wasserstoffversorgung für den Range-Extender Logistikzug erfolgte durch eine am Standort errichtete Betankungsanlage. Der Wasserstoff wurde dabei mittels PEM Elektrolyseur vor Ort aus Solarstrom der am Fabrikdach installierten Photovoltaikanlage erzeugt.


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

LH2-Peripherie (01/01/2006 – 30/06/2007):

project consortium: A) MAGNA Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co. KG; VENTREX Automotive GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Ing. Fritz Fuchs GmbH

Durch ein in diesem Projekt umgesetztes neues Druckaufbausystem wurden einzelne Systemkomponenten entwickelt, ihre jeweilige Funktionalität nachgewiesen, geeignet ausgelegt und zu Testzwecken zu einem kompletten Tanksystem aufgebaut. Dadurch konnten deutliche Vorteile eines neuartigen Flüssigwasserstofftanksystems gegenüber dem Stand der Technik hinsichtlich Systemdynamik und Verlässlichkeit aufgezeigt werden.

Öko H2 Innovativ (01/01/2006 – 31/12/2006):

project consortium: A) Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH; HyCentA Research GmbH, Linde Gas GmbH

In einer technischen Analyse wurden die Möglichkeiten der gekoppelten Nutzung von Sauerstoff und Wärme als neue technische Lösungen bei der Erzeugung von Öko-Wasserstoff untersucht. Die technischen Optionen wurden auch ökonomisch und ökologisch bewertet. Ergänzt wurden diese Arbeiten durch ein Fallbeispiel zur innovativen elektrolytischen Erzeugung von Öko-Wasserstoff am HyCentA, in dem auch ein begleitendes Forschungsprogramm für eine zukünftige Realisierung zur Öko-Wasserstoff-Erzeugung und dessen Nutzung enthalten war.


H2Rad (01/12/2005 – 31/12/2006):

project consortium: A) Institut für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen & Thermodynamik: TU-Graz; Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik: TU-Graz, HyCentA Research GmbH

Diese Studie hatte als Ziel den Einsatz von Wasserstoff in Verbrennungskraftmaschinen als Antrieb für Zweirad- und Freizeitfahrzeuge zu bewerten. Dabei wurde, beginnend vom Technologievergleich (Brennverfahren, Speichersystem, Betankung) über die Untersuchung der Rahmenbedingungen (Gesetz, Umwelt, Sicherheit, Technik, Politik) bis hin zur Definition der Anforderungen (Kundenakzeptanz, Wirtschaftlichkeit) eine Entscheidungsgrundlage für zukünftige Entwicklungsprojekte geschaffen.