Clariant Catalysts has formed an alliance with award-winning clean energy company Hydrogenious Technologies to provide reliable, scalable and safe hydrogen (H2) supply solutions for a wide variety of applications.
H2 from renewable energy sources, such as wind and hydro power, has long been recognized as a more efficient and more environmentally friendly fuel. However, fluctuations in weather conditions necessitate cost-effective, large-scale storage in order to ensure a steady supply of electrical energy. Moreover, H2’s very low density, high flammability and extreme volatility present significant challenges to both storage and transportation. Conventional storage methods typically involve either physical compression (200–700 bar) or extreme cooling (–253°C) of H2, both of which are energy intensive and carry significant safety risks.
In what has been a major leap forward, Hydrogenious Technologies, has developed a highly innovative means of transporting H2 by chemically binding the molecules to Liquid Organic H2 Carriers (LOHC). In the unique method, hydrogenation of the liquid organic hydrocarbon dibenzyltoluene via Clariant’s EleMax H catalyst allows H2 to be ‘stored’, while its dehydrogenation with EleMax D ‘releases’ H2 on demand. The highly active Clariant catalysts are designed to offer exceptional selectivity for loading and unbinding H2 in order to optimise the life-cycle and efficiency of the LOHC.
Non-explosive, non-toxic and of low flammability, the diesel-like H2-bound compound is not classified a hazardous good, and remains in a useable and convenient liquid state through a broad temperature range of -39°C to 390°C at ambient pressure. These factors allow considerably easier installation at industrial locations as well as commercial and public fuelling sites, even in close range of or within residential areas It furthermore allows for the handling flexibility required to enable a wide spread roll-out of H2 production from renewable power sources (Power-to-Gas).
Hydrogenious Technologies’ revolutionary solution and Clariant’s specialised catalysts now present a safer, more efficient alternative for storing and transporting very large amounts of clean hydrogen from renewable source to enable emission-free mobility and cleaner industry processes. First commercial scale units in operation for example at United Hydrogen Group (Tennessee) confirm the expected technical and economic attractiveness. Clariant will continue to further broaden the applicability and efficiency of this advantageous technology offered by Hydrogenious via catalyst research and expertise.
Marvin Estenfelder, Head of R&D at Clariant’s Business Unit Catalysts, welcomed the alliance, stating, “We are delighted to partner with Hydrogenious Technologies in the evolution of renewable energy and global efforts for sectoral integration. The successful development of dedicated catalysts for LOHC technology is not only testament to Clariant’s pioneering capabilities, but also reflects the importance of sustainability to our culture, operations, and as a driver for growth and innovation.”
Daniel Teichmann, CEO at Hydrogenious Technologies, considers the cooperation with Clariant to be as well future-oriented. “As an innovation driven company, Hydrogenious Technologies goes hand in hand with Clariant to provide the energy sector with sustainable energy and mobility. The partnership with Clariant is not only a ‘catalyst’ for the LOHC technology, but also an acceleration of our mission into a decarbonised world with an economic and ecological H2 approach. It is a further step towards our vision to make the much discussed H2 economy a global reality,” emphasized Daniel Teichmann.