Three founders of Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, Professor Wolfgang Arlt, Professor. Peter Wasserscheid and Dr. Daniel Teichmann, have been nominated for the ‘Deutscher Zukunftspreis’, the German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology 2018.
The nomination recognises the ground breaking research and development achievements of the scientists in the field of hydrogen (H2) storage and its successful commercial implementation as an important contribution to a future sustainable energy system. The Deutscher Zukunftspreis will be awarded by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on 28th November, 2018.
The nominees have jointly developed the Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology to market readiness. With this type of H2 storage, the H2 is bound to a non-explosive and non-toxic carrier liquid and released again when required. Hydrogenious Technologies’ patented technology thus enables the efficient and safe storage of H2. Bound in the LOHC, H2 can be transported in the conventional fuel infrastructure and is suitable for the long-distance global transport of renewable energies.
The founders of Hydrogenious Technologies are guided by the vision of using renewable H2 instead of petroleum products and using the existing infrastructure for fuels. The company has already received several awards for the innovative development of the LOHC technology, including the Innovation Prize of the German Industry, the ‘Energy Transition Award’ of the German Energy Agency and the Bavarian Founder’s Prize. On Wednesday, the Erlangen-based company was nominated for this year’s ‘Zukunftspreis’ of the German President at a ceremony in the Deutsches Museum in Munich.
The award ceremony will take place at the end of November 2018 in Berlin in the presence of all nominees via the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Every year, the President awards the prize to excellent scientific innovations that at the same time develop economic potential and create jobs.