BOC, a member of The Linde Group, will support CSIRO during its $3.4m ammonia to H2 cracking and membrane purification project that is set to revolutionise the global supply chain for H2.
As part of a recently signed collaboration agreement, BOC will contribute in-kind gas products, equipment and technical expertise worth in excess of $100,000 for the two-year project now underway at CSIRO’s test site in Pullenvale, Brisbane.
BOC will supply ammonia, which will be cracked and purified into pure H2 by the modular membrane technology unit developed by CSIRO. BOC engineers will also assist with compressing the H2 and storing it in special cylinder packs, then distributing it to customers on the Australian east coast for use in H2 fuel cell vehicles.
BOC’s General Manager for H2, Alex Dronoff, said BOC is proud to be working with CSIRO researchers as they take a significant step forward in H2 technology, paving the way for renewable H2 export market that could meet rising demand in emerging markets Europe, Japan and South Korea.
He continued, “As the only global organisation with expertise and technology that cover the entire H2 supply chain, BOC and The Linde Group are committed to working with Australian researchers and industry to help advance the global transition towards clean H2 for mobility and energy.”
“We look forward to sharing our extensive experience with CSIRO as they enter the final development stages of the membrane technology device – providing advice on generation and storage, right through to transportation and refuelling of H2-powered vehicles.”
CSIRO’s Energy Director, Karl Rodrigues is excited by the growing global momentum to develop H2 energy systems, and the potential for a H2 export industry to benefit Australia.
He added, “We’re pleased to be partnering with industry – including BOC – and look forward to applying CSIRO innovation to facilitate the creation of new low emissions energy markets.”
Dronoff said the CSIRO project is a vital technology breakthrough that complements much of the pioneering work that The Linde Group has been driving for decades.
He continued, “With more than 150 fuelling stations built worldwide and over 1.5 million refuelling operations completed, Linde is continuously working on the expansion of H2 infrastructure. In August 2016 Linde launched BeeZero, the world’s first H2-powered carsharing service – and is a joint partner of the Energie Park Mainz project that produces and stores renewable H2 for mobility applications generated by electrolysis through wind energy at a grid-relevant scale.”
“With this CSIRO technology, it will be easier and faster to replicate this success on an even larger scale. We are certainly excited by the significant role that Australia will play in making renewable H2 a fuel of the future.”