French reactor business Framatome’s energy storage brand Covalion and German hydrogen storage company Hydrogenious Technologies are continuing to work jointly on hydrogen storage in liquid organic hydrogen carries (LOHC).

Following a successful first collaboration on the ‘Smart Grid Solar’ project in Arzberg, Bavaria, the two companies agreed on closer cooperation at the beginning of January 2019 to give the LOHC technology a broader foothold in the growing hydrogen market.

As both partners are based within Erlangen, Bavaria, this collaboration will strengthen the city’s role as the world’s central industrial location for developments in the field of LOHC.

Both partners said they consider dibenzyltoluene, usually known in industry as a heat transfer oil, to be the most suitable hydrogen-carrier material.

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Source: Hydrogenious Technologies

Analysis of LOHC dibenzyltoluene

Hydrogenious’ proprietary carrier oil has significant advantages in storage density, costs and most importantly, safety. Besides being hardly flammable and non-toxic, it is not classified as a dangerous good.

As such, it eliminates the risks of conventional hydrogen storage. Furthermore, it can be transported at ambient conditions, making handling and transport easy within the existing infrastructure.

Hydrogenious Technologies is convinced that it has found a strong partner in Covalion, who will be able to actively contribute to the international expansion of the market for LOHC applications.

“We are pleased that with Framatome and Covalion a further player in the LOHC market has chosen dibenzyltoluene as its carrier of choice. The advantages of our technology enable hydrogen to be easily and safely used as the energy vector of the future,” said Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious Technologies.

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