Clariant Catalysts and Hydrogenious Technologies collaborate in breakthrough H2 storage and logistics technology


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.

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