Evos, Hydrogenious and Port of Amsterdam to develop hydrogen import facilities
The project is a key step in developing pan-European hydrogen value chains connected to the port of Amsterdam.
Evos, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and the Port of Amsterdam have signed an MOU, ratifying their intention to jointly realise large-scale import facilities for hydrogen at the port of Amsterdam.
The facilities will comprise a LOHC dehydrogenation plant with a final release capacity of up to 100-500 tonnes of hydrogen per day and related storage and handling facilities. All three parties are founding members of the H2A platform, which focuses on developing supply chains for green hydrogen imports through the port of Amsterdam.
The realisation of a LOHC import terminal and a plant for the continuous, large-scale release of hydrogen are important additions to other planned activities in the port. Such activities include the development of the regional and national backbone and various planned projects for hydrogen production in the North Sea Canal Area.
The next phase of this initiative will focus on exploring the spatial, infrastructural, and financial requirements to establish the terminal over the next years. The objective is to have the first plants for delivery of hydrogen to local off-takers in operation before 2028, with the potential of further upscale. The handled LOHC volumes will be at least 1 million tons per annum.
Following a completed feasibility study on different liquid hydrogen carriers, Evos, Hydrogenious and Port of Amsterdam are now taking this next step in putting Hydrogenious’ unique LOHC technology into action. This study confirmed that LOHC technology is a compelling solution for use in the port of Amsterdam, compatible with the existing infrastructure. The Evos Amsterdam terminals need only minor modifications to store and distribute LOHC in the port and beyond.
The liquid organic hydrogen carrier used by Hydrogenious, thermal oil benzyl toluene (LOHC-BT), is already well-established in the industry as a heat transfer medium and has ideal properties for safe handling in ports. Due to its characteristics as a flame retardant and non-explosive carrier with a high volumetric energy density, benzyl toluene can be handled like a fossil liquid fuel within existing infrastructure at ambient pressure and temperature. After dehydrogenation, it can be reused many hundreds of times to bind hydrogen.
By using existing nautical infrastructure in the port, Hydrogenious’ LOHC technology offers a compelling, cost-effective, and safe solution, with only minor modifications needed to enable storage at Evos Amsterdam.
Koen Overtoom , CEO of Port of Amsterdam, said, “We collaborate with duisport to facilitate the distribution of hydrogen to the German and European hinterland, further increasing the offtake potential.”
Dr Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious LOHC, said, “H2A consortium has focused on LOHC technology that can rely on existing oil handling and storage capacities and significantly reduces potential risks of handling molecular hydrogen or other derivatives.”
Ramon Ernst, MD of Evos Amsterdam, said, “We have been building and supporting the H2A platform from the beginning, working with our partners on green hydrogen imports via the port of Amsterdam.”