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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 hydrogen filling stations in Austria, and will provide hydrogen at five filling stations until the end of 2017. In Germany, OMV is part of the H2 Mobility initiative, which intends to build around 400 filling stations by 2023.

Find here all about hydrogen technology in our Factsheet:
Hydrogen Factsheet (PDF, 458,4 KB)

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:

Hydrogen – pioneering technology (PDF, 458,4 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:
Wind2hydrogen Factsheet (PDF, 407,8 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.

All biofuel volumes purchased by OMV comply with the highest sustainability standards and meet the requirements of them Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/EC) of the European Union. The EU requirements focus on applying sufficient environmental and social principles along the entire supply chain of biofuels in order to prevent any sustainability-related issues.

OMV (Refining & Marketing Unit) is the first organization in Austria to verifiably produce fuels with biogenic components in a sustainable way and market them countrywide through its own filling station network.

The sustainability of the applied biogenic components was rewarded with the ISCC-EU certificate for OMV (Refining & Marketing Unit), demonstrating our compliance with the highest legal sustainability standards.


OMV continued its development efforts in the co-processing of renewable feedstocks. Adding a mixture of alternative and biogenic fuels to gasoline and diesel is an important issue at OMV. In many countries the legislation requires increasing percentages of biogenic fuels in gasoline and diesel. However, these admixtures can have an impact on engine and vehicle components. OMV is consequently investigating new co-processing technologies to increase the quality and stability of fuels with biogenic components. For traditional biofuel mixtures, the biogenic component is added to the fuel after production. Co-processing introduces the biogenic additive already in the production process. 

Find out more about co-processing in our factsheet:
Factsheet Co-processing (PDF, 316,5 KB)

The feedstock recovery pilot project (Schwechat refinery, Austria) uses plastic waste to produce synthetic crude in a pyrolysis process. This recycled crude can be processed into any desired refinery product, while reducing the dependence on fossil resources and improving carbon intensity.

Circular economy and urban mining are two important topics at OMV. Recycling used plastics instead of burning it as waste is one important way to make better use of a valuable resource. However, the quality of recycled plastics is often not very high.

Raw material recycling is an innovative OMV research project which uses old plastics to produce synthetic refinery feedstock. This feedstock can be re-introduced into the refinery production process and processed into any desired refinery product, like normal crude oil. With this innovative approach, OMV closes a gap in plastics recycling technology and production by introducing a secondary raw material, called “ recent crudes“. This method reduces the amount of fossil resources needed in plastics production. Recycling of plastic waste improves carbon intensity by lowering CO2 emissions per ton of post-consumer plastics, compared to standard crude oil processing. OMV sees a large potential for this new technology and its associated services in a society that is increasingly looking for alternative resources and value-added recycling.

In 2018, OMV is commissioning a first scale up step from a bench scale unit to a pilot plant for the feedstock recovery project.
Factsheet ReOil (PDF, 132,1 KB)

The fuel mix at filling stations of the future will be far more diverse. Even though fossil fuels will continue to play a major role, electro mobility in the form of electricity and hydrogen are already present and will continue to gain popularity.

SMATRICS, the full range provider for all services related to electro mobility

This is why OMV is also supporting these sustainable mobility options and has joined SMATRICS with an interest of 40%. The remaining shares in SMATRICS are held by VERBUND with 40% and SIEMENS with 20%. SMATRICS is the full range provider for all services related to electro mobility and is the first provider to operate a nationwide, high-performance charging network with more than 435 charging stations (status: February 2018). Of these, around 210 are high-speed charging points with a charging capacity of 43 and 50 kilowatt (kW) respectively, which are located about every 60 km along motorways throughout Austria, and like all SMATRICS chargers are100% supplied by green electricity of VERBUND. Since the beginning of 2018, two SMATRICS charging stations are also operated at OMV Head Office. The charging stations offer a maximum charging capacity of up to 22 kW each, which can charge a VW e-Golf, for example, during the duration of a meeting in the building (in about 1.5 hours).

Reliable and powerful charging stations along the main European transport routes, with IONITY and OMV as network partners

OMV is the strategic filling station network partner of IONITY, in the first step with the implementation of charging infrastructure in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. IONITY is a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. Its aim is to establish the most powerful high-speed charging network for electric vehicles in Europe. There are plans to implement around 400 high-power-charging stations with a capacity of up to 350 kW per charger in 18 European countries by 2020. This capacity enables a charge level of 80% in less than 15 minutes or 100 km range in 4 minutes.

OMV with its attractive locations is the preferred partner of IONITY along the major routes in Central and Eastern Europe. This is an important step in facilitating electro mobility for long-distance travel and enhancing its presence on the market.

OMV and EnBW expand infrastructure for electro mobility in Southern Germany

OMV and EnBW in Karlsruhe have a common goal: to expand the high-power-charging infrastructure for electro mobility. As part of a strategic cooperation, OMV and EnBW have agreed to equip 100 OMV filling stations in southern Germany with high-speed electric charging stations with a charging capacity of up to 300 kW by the end of 2019. The cooperation is a major step towards the expansion of the high-speed charging infrastructure in Germany, especially in urban areas.

With these initiatives, OMV is committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the areas of "Affordable and clean energy", "Industry, innovation and infrastructure" and "Responsible consumption and production".