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All about hydrogen

Hydrogen: key technology of the future

Hydrogen is not just the first element on the Periodic Table; it is also OMV’s first choice when it comes to energy carriers of the future. On Earth, hydrogen is found almost exclusively in chemical compounds, e.g. in water or hydrocarbons. That’s why we are working with universities to find out how hydrogen can be produced with solar energy.
Hydrogen is the key to unlocking the future of transport. OMV opened Austria’s first public hydrogen filling station in October 2012. To promote a new generation of environmentally sound vehicles, hydrogen is being used in tried-and-tested fuel cell technology.
OMV plays a pioneering role in Austria by providing hydrogen at five refueling stations. In Germany, OMV is part of the H2 MOBLITY initiative, which intends to build a comprehensive network of public refueling stations by 2023, based on the conditional growth in the number of fuel-cell vehicles on the road.

Hydrogen on the road

Hydrogen is the key to unlocking the future of transport. OMV opened Austria’s first public hydrogen filling station in October 2012. To promote a new generation of environmentally sound vehicles, hydrogen is being used in tried-and-tested fuel cell technology. OMV has been researching alternative drive concepts for years and this development marks a further step towards sustainability and pollution-free mobility. As early as 2000, OMV installed a fuel cell system in the laboratory at Graz University. OMV intends to bring the results of the research to the road.

Establishing hydrogen infrastructure

The automotive and energy industries cooperate closely on hydrogen filling stations to guarantee the optimal parallel establishment of hydrogen supply and demand. Together with partners, OMV is expediting the provision of hydrogen filling stations for Austria and Germany for a future of emission-free motoring.

Fuel cells in hydrogen technology

The range of applications for hydrogen is set to increase dramatically in the future. The energy it provides can be used on the road via a fuel cell system. This is twice as efficient as a combustion engine, so the same performance only takes half the energy.

For more information on hydrogen technology:

Factsheet Hydrogen Mobility (PDF, 816,3 KB)

Hydrogen technologies will play a key role in the future. As part of the wind2hydrogen research project OMV is working with partners on ways to produce “green hydrogen” from renewable electricity. OMV is also a pioneer of hydrogen filling stations in Austria and Germany.

The goal of the research project wind2hydrogen project in Austria is to establish the conditions necessary to produce renewable hydrogen. Electricity converted to hydrogen can be stored, transported or used wherever and whenever it is convenient for customers. 

Find out more about wind2hydrogen in our Factsheet:

Factsheet Wind2Hydrogen (PDF, 785,0 KB)

What is OMV doing in Cambridge?

Advanced renewable fuels are fuels that are not in competition with food. The principal sources for such advanced fuels are sunlight (energy from the photons), water (the hydrogen supplier) and CO2 (as carbon source), which was also the source of our current fossil crude, but developed over millions of years. We have to utilize our current sunlight, our current CO2 and water to achieve advanced renewable fuels.

Over the last five years, the Christian Doppler Laboratory (CD-Lab) in Cambridge has made good progress in developing a more environmentally sound process for generating renewable and CO2 neutral fuels. With the help of sunlight and catalysts, water and biomass (such as wood) are transformed into hydrogen, without the use of any additional energy. Research is underway to produce Synthesis Gas (SynGas) from carbon dioxide and water. SynGas can be transformed into liquid fuel such as petrol or diesel and is widely used as a chemical feedstock.

We fund around 50% of this research project in the laboratory stage. In addition, the CD-Lab is subsidized by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and Austria’s National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development.