Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, a German hydrogen infrastructure solutions provider, plans to build a mega plant for storing green hydrogen in liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) at Chempark Dormagen. The company claims that it would be the world’s largest LOHC storage plant.
The project will be developed by the company subsidiary LOHC Industrial Solutions NRW GmbH. It was established in June 2020 for the construction and operation of LOHC storage facilities focusing on activities in and around the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The plant is expected to have a planned LOHC storage capacity of around 1,800 tonnes/year. The commissioning of the plant is planned for 2023. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the plant is being built, is also supporting the project with € 9 million (US$ 10.9 million) funding.
The plan is that Hydrogenious will provide proprietary technology based on the LOHC carrier medium Benzyltoluene for this purpose. Covestro Deutschland AG, an investor in the project, will provide the land and supply hydrogen in the future.
The other partner in the project is Jülich Research Centre, which will receive € 2 million from the funding for conducting scientific studies. The study will focus on the catalyst behaviour in real operation, hydrogen quality on the hydrogenation process and quality assurance for the LOHC system.
The consortium will also work with the Dutch co-investor Royal Vopak to explore a supply chain with Rotterdam for using LOHC for mobility and industrial sectors.
Dr Daniel Teichmann, founder and CEO of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, said, “This is not only a huge step forward in bringing our LOHC technology to industrial scale. At the same time, one of the currently largest supply chains for green hydrogen is being created.”