Hydrogenious provides update on HyStoc LOHC storage, release plants in Finland

Purity tests have been conducting at research partner VTT in Espoo while the storage facility would be followed by developing a refuelling station

The HyStoc project has reached a new milestone where the LOHC storage has been installed, and the ReleaseBox plant has started testing in Finland, H2 Bulletin reports.

The Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier plant system, supplied by Germany’s Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies supply for the storage and release of hydrogen from the liquid carrier medium, has started operation at -23C temperature.

The ReleaseBox delivered to VTT’s Bioruukki test facilities in Espoo is also now operating and will run for over 2,000 hours for testing to ensure that hydrogen quality complies with the ISO 14687:2-2019 for use in fuel cells. The testing would take at least six months. The hydrogen has to fulfil stringent purity demands to be able to use in fuel cell vehicles. The research institute will also conduct other tests and study certain impurities’ effect in a 1 kW PEM FC system.

The testing will be followed by the installation of public hydrogen filling station. If everything goes as planned, within six months, Woikoski’s PEMFC vehicle will be fuelled with the hydrogen from the ReleaseBox.

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies’ StorageBox, which is installed at Woikoski’s hydrogen production site in Kokkola, can store hydrogen up to 22 kg/day. Woikoski is also producing hydrogen for the test in the Kokkola Hydrogen plant, then binding the hydrogen to the liquid organic carrier material with the assembled technology. It is then transporting the LOHC to Espoo and release the hydrogen from the LOHC in the ReleaseBox, for testing by VTT.

Germany’s Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH provides the LOHC technology. Through the Erlangen-based company’s liquid carrier material, hydrogen would be transported to end-users. Through Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) of the project partner HyGear, the released hydrogen would be up to the hydrogen fuel standards for the automotive industry.

The HyStoc project was launched in January 2018 in Finland in cooperation with partners from Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. HySTOC stands for “Hydrogen Supply and Transportation using liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers”. The project aims to develop and test an efficient hydrogen value chain in Finland, from production to use in the transport sector via a hydrogen filling station.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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