MAN builds hydrogen energy storage team

9 August 2019

MAN Energy Solutions, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and Frames Group B.V. have signed a co-operation agreement to jointly design and build industrial scale hydrogen storage systems based on Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology.

Developed by Hydrogenious, the LOHC technology uses heat transfer oil as a carrier for hydrogen, thus allowing it to be stored under ambient conditions. The process also triples the amount of hydrogen that can be transported compared to standard pressurised containers. The LOHC technology offers ‘a safe and efficient solution for storing and distributing hydrogen on a large scale’.

The new partners are preparing to meet the needs for the future hydrogen market in respect to bulk hydrogen storage and transportation. As a first step, the companies have developed systems with hydrogen capacities of 5 and 12 tons per day. Such large hydrogen processing capacities will be crucial for the decarbonisation of Europe's energy needs. 

“We strongly believe that the global goal to build a climate neutral economy largely depends on the future use of green hydrogen and other gases produced from renewable energy”, said Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. “Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of those sectors that cannot be electrified directly.“

Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, commented “Since our technology uses the existing infrastructure for conventional fuels, it makes import and transportation of large amounts of green hydrogen, for example from Scandinavian wind parks to Central Europe, feasible. This partnership will contribute to creating a simple and efficient transport network for green energy at European and global level.”

Hydrogenious has specialised in the development of the LOHC technology and contributes its core process know-how to the co-operation. Frames Group designs and builds solutions for renewable energy and oil and gas processing equipment, and will be responsible for the overall realisation of the hydrogenation plant. MAN ES brings its experience in design and fabrication of reactor systems for chemical and petrochemical applications. The company will deliver the reactor and related steam generator equipment for the projects.

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