The hydrogen and
fuel cell center


Dr. Christian Spitta

Dr.-Ing. Christian Spitta

head of
Department hydrogen infrastructure

phone: +49-203-7598-4277

Department Hydrogen Infrastructure

We develop solutions for the future hydrogen infrastructure. Thereby we address the entire value chain, from manufacturing to logistics and distribution to hydrogen fueling station (HRS) technologies. In particular, we develop efficient & safe distribution and HRS concepts including the necessary components as well as a cost-effective hydrogen quality management.

The R&D work at ZBT addresses (HRS) configurations with different storage and refueling pressure levels, booster and overflow refueling and different pre-cooling variants as well as refueling protocols (e.g. for heavy duty applications). The work includes development and characterization of components, systems and qualification under real conditions at our hydrogen test field.

Our "Hy-Lab" is established as European hydrogen quality laboratory. Hydrogen samples from HRS and other points in the hydrogen supply chain are taken and analyzed according to DIN EN 17124 and ISO 14687-2:2012, respectively. Investigations on the influence of hydrogen impurities on fuel cells are carried out in cooperation with the Department of Fuel Cell Systems. Aims a. o. are the identification of the influence of different MEA configurations and operating strategies as well as the development of proposals for the adaptation of the hydrogen quality standards.

In addition, test methods for components and processes are being developed. Consulting on filling station concepts and pilot projects as well as training courses are being offered.


Hy-SaM – Hydrogen sampling device for HRS
HyLab - Hydrogen Quality Analysis
gas switchboards in the hydrogen testfield
Hydrogen Region Düssel-Rhein-Wupper

Our potential

We are an experienced team of 10 employees. For our R&D we have an extensive infrastructure at our disposal:

  • Hydrogen test field

    • 3 electrolysis systems of different technology
    • Test platform of a hydrogen filling station

  • Hy-Lab, hydrogen quality laboratory

    • Various gas analyzer
    • Hy-SaM, Hydrogen sampling Module
    • Test benches for impurity tests on fuel cells

  • MobFuelH2 - Test platform of a mobile refuelling unit
  • Analytical laboratory desulphurization
  • Different software tools (CAD/CFD and Multiphysics)
Last update:  11.06.2021