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HyCentA - Hydrogen Center Austria

HyCentA - Hydrogen Center Austria
Österreichisches Forschungszentrum für Wasserstoff

Inffeldgasse 15
8010 Graz / AUSTRIA

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HyCentA focuses exclusively on research and development of hydrogen and shows a wide range of expertise on production, storage and application issues. Furthermore, the HyCentA has specific know-how in security and approval matters of hydrogen applications and was a consultant for the European Commission for the approval of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

HyCentA has an outstanding and well-equipped testing infrastructure and acts as a focal point and information platform for hydrogen-related research and development activities. The research facility of the hydrogen test center consists of: a refueling station for 350 bar gaseous hydrogen (Austria’s first hydrogen filling station), the most advanced fuel cell system integration test bed in Europe, a 1000 bar high-pressure test bed for gaseous hydrogen and two test rooms for gaseous and liquid hydrogen for experiments with components and systems.


  • Customer-specific hydrogen test setups and experiments with hydrogen
  • Expertise in questions of safety, standards and regulations
  • Economic and environmental analyses Thermodynamic analysis of processes and systems
  • Research and development of PEM fuel cell systems and electrolysers
  • Conceptual design of compressed hydrogen gas-systems
  • Conceptual design, development and construction of power-to-gas plants with different electrolysis technologies
  • Scientific research, lectures and publications

HyCentA facilitates the use of hydrogen as a renewable energy source and the development of electrochemical systems and peripherals, both as independent research projects, as well as in cooperative projects with academic institutions, industrial companies and international partners.

New product development:
Highly integrated fuel cell analysis infrastructure: HIFAI


    Highly Integrated Fuel Cell Analysis Infrastructure (2014-2018) Funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Project partners: HyCentA Research GmbH and AVL List GmbH
  • W2H:
    Conversion of renewable electricity into hydrogen for storing and transportation in the natural gas grid (2014-2018) Funded by the Austrian Klima- und Energiefonds in Vienna. Project Partners: OMV Refining & Marketing, EVN AG, Fronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz
  • FC REEV:
    Development of an electrically powered shuttles people using a fuel cell for zero-emission range increase (2013-2016). Funded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Project Partners: MAGNA Steyr Engineering AG & Co KG, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, Institute for Powertrains and Automotive Technology at the Technical University of Vienna and HyCentA Research GmbH.
  • FCH Media:
    Dynamic gas conditioning and flow measurement for fuel cell test beds (2014-2016). Funded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology. Project Partners: HyCentA Research GmbH, AVL List GmbH and the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics at the Technical University of Vienna.
  • E-LOG-BioFleet:
    Fuel Cell Range Extender
    Application in Bio-Hydrogen Powered Warehouse Truck Fleet (2010-2013). Funded by the Austrian Klima- und Energiefonds in the Electromobility's Technical Beacons program. Project partners: Fronius International GmbH, HyCentA Research GmbH, Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Linde Fördertechnik GmbH and OMV Refining & Marketing.
    Striednig M.; Brandstätter S.; Sartory M.; Klell M.: Thermodynamic real gas analysis of a tank filling process. in Int J of Hydrogen Energy 39 (2014), pp 8495-8509
  • HyCar1::
    Modification of a CNG vehicle (Mercedes Benz E 200 NGT) for the operation with mixtures of methane and hydrogen (2009-2010)
    Klell, M.; Eichlseder, H.; Sartory, M.: Variable Mixtures of Hydrogen and Methane in the Internal Combustion Engine of a Prototype Vehicle - Regulations, Safety and Potential. International Journal of Vehicle Design, Vol. 54, No. 2, S. 137 - 155, 2010
    Eichlseder, H.; Klell, M.; Schaffer, K.; Leitner, D.; Sartory, M.: Potential of Synergies in a Vehicle for Variable Mixtures of CNG and Hydrogen. SAE paper 2009-01-1420 in: Hydrogen IC Engines, SP-2251, SAE International 2009
  • Fully automated functional testing of cryogenic tank systems for liquid hydrogen, designed by MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik for the BMW Hydrogen 7 (2006-2008)


Contact:  Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Manfred Klell
Telephone: +43 (0)316 873-9500
Fax: +43 (0)316 873-9502

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Scientific research, lecturing and publications

Scientific research, lecturing and publications

Eichlseder, H.; Klell, M.: Wasserstoff in der Fahrzeugtechnik. Erzeugung, Speicherung, Anwendung 3rd edition
published by Springer Vieweg Wiesbaden, 2012

Test beds

Test beds

Custom-specific test bed setups and experiments

Example: RSA-HIFAI, a Highly Integrated Fuel Cell System Analysis Infrastructure

Engineering services

Engineering services

Engineering services for PEM-electrolyser, power-to-gas plants, fuel cell systems and hydrogen infrastructure

Example: Power-to-gas plant wind2hydrogen in Auersthal for production and storage of hydrogen in the natural gas grid

Hydrogen refueling

Hydrogen refueling

Refueling of hydrogen powered vehicles up to 350 bar (planned expansion to 700 bar)