The hydrogen and
fuel cell center


Dr. Christian Spitta

Dr.-Ing. Christian Spitta

head of
Department hydrogen infrastructure

phone: +49-203-7598-4277


Dipl.-Ing. Joachim Jungsbluth

lead strategic projects
authorized representative

phone: +49 162 137 0460

Consulting and studies

Your needs:

  • Do you have questions about hydrogen technology?
  • You would like to use hydrogen technology?
  • You need information on regulations and safety requirements?
  • Are you looking for solutions for the necessary infrastructure?
  • Are you wondering which energy carrier makes sense for you in the long term for industrial use?
  • We will be happy to advise you on technical fundamentals, market developments, current research and development priorities, and your specific questions - feel free to contact us!
  • We will be happy to work with you in stakeholder workshops to identify potential for your company, your community or your region!

In the area of theoretical work and studies, the topics include hydrogen distribution concepts for connecting industries as well as mobility, analyses of regional hydrogen sources and sinks for building a (regional) hydrogen economy, and systemic, technical technology analyses. In addition, life-cycle costing (LCC) and life-cycle assessment (LCA) of different technology paths are carried out.

The ZBT advises customers and project partners on all aspects of design, safety, approval, certification and permits for the construction and operation of hydrogen plants (including test stands, production and filling stations). Furthermore, innovative methods for H2 leakage detection are developed, qualified and automated processes are developed. In addition, workshops on standardisation, approval and certification are held on a regular basis.

In order to support the updating of standards, ZBT employees are actively involved in the committees NAGas AA H2-Technik (German mirror committee of ISO TC 197), NAGas AA Kraftstoffbeschaffenheit and in the working groups ISO TC 197 WG 24 Protocol Development, ISO TC 197 WG27 H2 Quality, ISO TC 197 WG28 H2 Quality control and ISO TC 197 WG33 Sampling.

As members of the NAGas "Hydrogen Technologies", the ZBT actively participated in the preparation of the statement on the "General Administrative Regulation (AVV) for the Implementation of the Regulation on the Characteristics and Distinction of the Qualities of Fuels and Combustibles in Germany" in accordance with the 10th BImSchV / DIN EN 17124:2019.


  • Systemic, technical technology analyses
  • Development of distribution and infrastructure concepts
  • Life cycle costing (LCC) and life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Development of H2 leakage detection systems
  • Consulting for HRS & H2 plant safety concepts, RCS and certification support
  • Participation in standardisation processes


HyPowAR (2020-2024, EU H2020)

Execution of Life-Cycle-Costing (LCC) and Life-Cycle-Assessment (LCA) of different technology paths
learn more about HyPowAR

H2LeakDect (2020-2023, BMDV)

Development of an optical detection method developed for both viewing and quantitative assessment of hydrogen leakage.
learn more about H2LeakDect

Trans4Real (2021-2025, BMWK)

Support of the "Reallabore der Energiewende" of the BMWi with comprehensive systemic technical comparative analyses and the analysis and development of business models
learn more about Trans4Real

NOW study „Entwicklungspfade für die Heavy duty H2-Tankinfrastruktur der Zukunft“

Study on development paths for the HD refueling infrastructure of the future, including an analysis of possible distribution routes and refueling station components as well as the number, size and utilisation of future refueling stations.
Download of this NOW study (PDF)

cH2ance (2023-2025, BMWK)

learn more about cH2ance



Last update:  21.12.2023