Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, inaugurated on January 29 the first commercial LOHC system for hydrogen storage in dibenzyltoluene as Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC). After the grand opening Minister Ilse Aigner and Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger (president of Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg) unveiled the unique LOHC system for safe and efficient hydrogen storage in LOHC.
“I am happy that we are able to celebrate the roll-out of the first commercial LOHC storage system. And believe me, I am really proud as Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, as Bavarian State Minister of Energy, but also as Bavarian State Minister of Technology.” Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister
During the inauguration party the LOHC systems of Hydrogenious Technologies for safe and efficient hydrogen storage were presented to a broad audience from industry, politics and science – a quantum leap towards a sustainable hydrogen economy.
In addition to Minister Ilse Aigner and Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger several guest speakers reported on various aspects of the hydrogen economy. Dr. Katharina Beumelburg (CEO Siemens Hydrogen Solutions) and Frank Sreball (CEO H2Mobility) reported on electrolysis and zero-emission hydrogen mobility, respectively. The importance of long-term storage solutions and the role of hydrogen for grid stability in the era of renewable energies were emphasized.
“The German Energiewende cannot succeed without innovation and innovative research and development.” Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, President of FAU
“For us LOHC is clearly a future technology and it can, maybe it even has to, become an important building block of the Energiewende.” Ilse Aigner, Bavarian State Minister
(FLTR) Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schlücker, Dr. Daniel Teichmann, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arlt and Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid (Picture: Ilona Hörath)
SAFE AND EFFICIENT HYDROGEN STORAGE IN LOHC
With LOHC Hydrogenious Technologies offers a safe and efficient technology to store hydrogen even over long periods of time or to transport hydrogen over long distances. Linked with an electrolyzer and a fuel cell LOHC systems can get the energy storage system of the future.
“In our view renewable hydrogen is going to be the crude oil of the future.” Dr. Daniel Teichmann, CEO Hydrogenious Technologies
The LOHC system that was now presented by Hydrogenious Technologies has partly been in operation since May 2015. Hydrogen is produced via PEM electrolysis from renewable solar power of a 98 kWp photovoltaic system at the rooftop. The hydrogen is subsequently stored in LOHC using the Hydrogenious StorageBOX. The loaded LOHC can be stored and transported in conventional fuel tanks. On demand the hydrogen can be released from loaded LOHC by means of a Hydrogenious ReleaseBOX. By adding a fuel cell or a CHP to the LOHC system the released hydrogen can be reconverted to electricity and heat. In the first commercial LOHC system at Hydrogenious Technologies the waste heat of the whole system is used directly to contribute to the heating system of the neighboring swimming pool. This first commercial LOHC system for storage and release of hydrogen is unique and demonstrates the technology leadership of Hydrogenious Technologies in the field of hydrogen storage in LOHC.