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Hydrogen – For Highly Demanding Technologies

Whenever a lot of energy is required, where high weight plays a role, where charging cycles are long and electric battery ranges are short, there, hydrogen is a beacon of hope for the energy transition. Energy-intensive applications, but also commercial vehicle mobility from mining vehicles to low-loaders, are relying on H2 as an energy carrier to make their contribution to CO2 emission reduction.

At Continental, we have increased our development plans in the hydrogen field so trucks, buses or excavators can be powered without emissions in the future. More than 150 years of product and material expertise make us the ideal partner to develop new materials for the hydrogen value chain strategically aligning Continental with prospective customer applications. Together, we can make the future of heavy-duty transport a reality.

"We at Continental rely on advanced technologies to ensure the availability of sustainable hydrogen along the entire value chain. We see ourselves as a partner offering solutions for numerous challenges throughout the H2 value chain associated with the transformation."

Dr. Michael Hofmann
Head of Technology ContiTech

These Properties Characterize Hydrogen

Position in the periodic system
1st Position

in the periodic system

0.000000031 mm

Molecule size

14.4 x

Lower density than the ambient air



120 kJ/G

Gravimetric energy density

-253° Celsius

Liquid hydrogen

700 bar

Transport at up to



"Our solutions can solve challenges along the entire hydrogen value chain, from production to transportation, storage, distribution and usage in fuel cells. We have begun our journey in energy transition. Already today, we offer several prototypes for various H2 applications, and cooperation with scientific institutions and universities are in progress."

Piero Mancinelli
Head of Techcenter Hydrogen Technologies

Two hydrogen atoms set off on their journey

Two Hydrogen Atoms Set off on Their Journey

Hydrogen (H2) has a lot of potential – but also high requirements. Continental is accompanying the development from its origins to the fuel cell.

When two fit together, they never let go of each other, go through thick and thin, and are stronger as one. Many species in the animal world – penguins, orcas or tapirs – are just as convinced of this concept as many human couples. Even among the smallest elements in our world, which can only be seen under a microscope, there are many pairs: oxygen, nitrogen, fluorine or iodine, for example, are only stable when they join forces with a second of their kind – and can then develop their full potential. 
Dr. Jens Högermeier

"Permeation resistance, antistatic properties and high pressures are challenging and requiring special material requirements. That's why we combine our broad material expertise to tailor elastomers, thermoplastics and metals for H2 applications."

Dr. Jens Högermeier
Head of Research and Development

Challenges when Handling Hydrogen


As the smallest molecule with the lowest density, H2 is so light that it would quickly permeate through conventional lines made of rubber or silicone. Therefore, all media-carrying and connecting components must be particularly impermeable.

Pressure resistance

Depending on the application situation, hydrogen is transported at up to 700 bar. For example, higher pressure shortens the time needed to refuel a vehicle. Components made of thermoplastics and elastomers must therefore be highly resistant to pressure.


Hydrogen is a hyper-active and flammable gas, a certain air ratio could lead to an explosion if an electrostatic charge or a small spark occurs. Plastics are generally more susceptible than steel or aluminum.


Hydrogen becomes liquid at -253 degrees Celsius, whereas the temperature in the fuel cell vehicle can be +100 degrees Celsius and more. The materials used in lines must therefore be suitably temperature-resistant.


Chemicals leached from H2 lines and transported onwards can impair the performance of fuel cells and cause them to wear out prematurely. High-purity materials are therefore essential for lines and hoses.


Let's make your H2 applications safe, clean and stable. Find products, components and surface materials to boost your business.

Your Industry Needs – Our Motivation

Hydrogen is one of the key technologies to drive transformation in industry. Thanks to our broad material expertise, we develop solutions for various businesses.

Find solutions along your value chain for hydrogen applications and other industry needs.

Energy management

Energy Management

Whether synthetic fuels, wind energy or hydrogen, the energy mix of the future needs tailored solutions. Our portfolio for energy management is large and continues to grow.

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Passenger cars

Commercial Vehicles

We are a technology partner for manufacturers of commercial and special vehicles in the development of hydrogen applications for heavy-duty transport, agriculture and the construction and mining industries.
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Commercial Vehicles

Passenger Cars

In fuel cell cars, hose line systems, membranes and tanks are among the most important components. In addition, we offer other components, from drive belts to vehicle safety.
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More Investment in Hydrogen Technologies

Five questions to our CEO Philip Nelles about our growth area of hydrogen technologies.

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Two hydrogen atoms set off on their journey

Two Hydrogen Atoms Set off on Their Journey

Hydrogen (H2) has a lot of potential – but also high requirements. Continental is accompanying the development from its origins to the fuel cell.

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Out of the Old, Comes New

Out of the Old, Comes New

Although all the lights are green for eMobility: in some places, combustion engines will still be with us for a while.

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Why Hydrogen and China are a Great Fit

Why Hydrogen and China are a Great Fit

Interview with Dr. Jenny Yu, China Head of R&D at Continental’s Business Area ContiTech about the past, present and future of hydrogen and fuel-cell technology. 
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