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Hydrogen Technology Development Centre - RCVT
Hydrogen is the fuel of the future and one of the key priorities of the European Union. Its use will decrease dependence on fossil fuels and markedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other environmentally harmful emissions.

The Hydrogen Technology Development Centre (RCVT) was established by five companies and two research institutes in order to facilitate the research, development and implementation of applicable projects in the area of hydrogen technologies in Slovenia. The Centre’s primary objective is to connect the industry with the knowledge present at the research institutes. Its other objectives include creating conditions for transferring knowledge, encouraging permanent cooperation between the research and economic sectors, influencing the development policy of the government, organising expert meetings on hydrogen technologies and increasing the competitiveness of Slovenian companies and institutes in the long-term. The Centre will continue carrying out its programme objectives within the CoE.

The Centre was established by the biggest fuel supplier, Petrol d.d., the global development supplier of advanced solutions based on electric motors and their upgrades, Domel d.d., the informatics, automation and energy company Inea d.o.o., the industrial gas producer and distributer TPJ d.o.o., the proton-conductive membrane fuel cell company Mebius d.o.o., the largest Slovenian institute, the Jozef Stefan Institute, and the National Institute of Chemistry with twenty years of tradition in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies.

The RCVT and its partners are involved in various projects dealing with hydrogen technologies. The RCVT and its partners – Domel d.d., Inea d.o.o., the Jozef Stefan Institute, Mebius d.o.o. and the National Institute of Chemistry – are working together on the development and research of systems, modules and components for a fuel cell motor, e.g. an air supply system, a low-temperature activation system and an electronic control and regulation module, as well as membranes and catalysts. Petrol d.o.o., TPJ d.o.o. and the RCVT are building the first compressed hydrogen fuelling station in Slovenia. In cooperation with CoE LCT, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana and the Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant, the RCVT is studying the economic viability of hydrogen production and distribution and building the infrastructure for a hydrogen production demonstration project. These projects are co-financed by the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the European Regional Development Fund and the Public Agency for Technology of the Republic of Slovenia. The Centre’s partners Domel d.d., the Jozef Stefan Institute, Inea d.o.o. and the National Institute of Chemistry are closely cooperating with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia on numerous projects: a special purpose light military vehicle equipped with a 7 kW auxiliary fuel cell power system, a mobile cogeneration unit with a fuel cell power supply, a mobile test laboratory for testing hydrogen technologies, fuel processing and a 30 kW uninterruptible fuel cell power supply system.

The RCVT and its partners are connected to similar organisations in Slovenia and Europe. The RCVT is a member of the parent European organisation for hydrogen and fuel cells, the European Hydrogen Association, and a partner of the Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies. The Centre’s partner Inea d.o.o. is a full-fledged member of the principal European association for fuel cells: the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative – NEW IG. The partners of the RCVT are members of the Slovenian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform (SIHFC), who is a constituent member of the European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform.


RCVT's partners


Domel d.d.
( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.domel.si) is a global development supplier of advanced solutions based on electric motors and their upgrades (ventilation systems, industrial blowers and blowers for use in medicine and households, the automotive industry). The company is oriented towards applications requiring advanced technologies. Domel is a world renowned supplier of air supply systems for fuel cell systems driven using electronically commutated blowers. The spin-off company Domel Energija d.o.o. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) was established to perform the role of representative, distributer, adviser and systems integrator for fuel cell systems (auxiliary power systems, UPS systems and cogeneration systems). Four of the above-mentioned systems for the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia are in use and many others are in the implementation phase.

The National Institute of Chemistry ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.ki.si) has been working intensively in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies for nearly two decades. The five laboratories with modern equipment participate in the development and testing of procedures and catalysts for the production of hydrogen from classic fossil and green fuels (city gas, diesel, petrol, ethanol, methanol, bioethanol, biodiesel, etc.) and testing hydrogen purification membranes. The Institute also develops and conducts research into new high-temperature proton-conductive membranes based on polymers using methods for modelling proton passage, by modelling electrode kinetics and processes and using electrochemical process electrocatalysts. The National Institute of Chemistry is the leading partner of the Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies.

The premier Slovenian scientific institution, the Jozef Stefan Institute, participates in several projects concerning the implementation of fuel cells in many practical applications through its Systems and Control Department ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.ijs.si). The majority of the research and development activities are dedicated to solving existing problems concerning reliability, accessibility, safety, regulation, diagnostics and economic issues in various applications. The research group’s focus is on the research, development and testing of advanced regulation algorithms designed to optimise the management of fuel cell systems and the design and development of custom electronic modules for use in various practical applications involving fuel cells.

Inea d.o.o.
( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.inea.si) is a Slovenian engineering company that primarily develops and implements industrial computerised management and energy systems. As a systems integrator, it plays the main role in the mobile cogeneration system development project. Inea is aiming to become the leading Slovenian company in the field of commercialising fuel cell systems in industrial environments. The company has worked on numerous projects involving hydrogen technologies together with Slovenian companies and institutes, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia and foreign partners.

Mebius d.o.o. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.mebius.si) is a newly established company oriented towards the development, marketing and production of components, modules and assemblies for high and low-temperature proton-conductive membrane fuel cells (gas-diffusion electrodes, proton-conductive membranes and membrane electrode assemblies). The company also deals with feasibility studies, LCA studies, process-efficiency comparative analyses, the research and development of new energy conversion chemical processes, international cooperation, the representation of domestic and foreign companies and the organisation of expert meetings.

Petrol d.d., Ljubljana ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.petrol.si) is the leading energy company in Slovenia and the main strategic supplier of petroleum products and other energy products for the Slovenian market and the wider region. With an extensive distribution network of its own petrol stations, Petrol is able to provide the drivers on Slovenian roads and motorways a wide array of automotive products and services, as well as a wide selection of food, beverages and other products. Petrol is building the first hydrogen filling station in Slovenia. At the same time, it is working with the government to develop national regulations for the construction of hydrogen filling stations in order to enable the safe addition of hydrogen to existing filling stations for petrol, diesel and LPG.

TPJ d.o.o. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and its related companies produce, distribute and store industrial gases (hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, argon and gas mixtures). In the area of fuel cell systems, the company is active in the production, distribution, storage and use of hydrogen. Its main objectives are the continued development of hydrogen production based on renewable energy sources and the development of logistics, storage and supply, as well as the supply of hydrogen to end users. In the hydrogen filling station demonstration project, the company is responsible for engineering, development and the supply and storage of hydrogen.


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