Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Jointly Take Hydrogen Logistics to the Next Level

By January 4, 2023 7   min read  (1184 words)

January 4, 2023 |

Fuel Cells Works, Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Jointly Take Hydrogen Logistics to the Next Level
  • Joint Venture company for hydrogen storage, transport and supply, based on  Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies’ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC)  technology 
  • Financial commitment of both parties for build-up of industrial-scale LOHC plants  in Germany/North-Rhine Westphalia (Chempark Dormagen) and Netherlands/Rotterdam (both in permitting and preparatory phase).

Fuel Cells Works, Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Jointly Take Hydrogen Logistics to the Next Level

Rotterdam/The Netherlands, Erlangen/Germany – Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies will incorporate an equal shared joint venture,  named LOHC Logistix, for hydrogen storage, transport and supply based on Hydrogenious’  Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. This is one of the major steps both  companies have agreed on recently to push LOHC market solutions and large-scale pilot  projects forward. 

Hydrogen is expected to play a dominant role in future energy systems. When it comes to  handling the volatile hydrogen gas, the LOHC technology developed by Hydrogenious has a big  potential to help speed up the development of an international hydrogen market. The LOHC  pioneer from Germany uses the thermal oil benzyl toluene as liquid organic hydrogen carrier  (LOHC-BT), which is already well-established in the industry as a heat transfer medium and has  ideal properties for safe handling in ports. Due to its characteristics as a flame retardant and  non-explosive carrier with a high volumetric energy density, benzyl toluene can be handled like  a fossil liquid fuel within existing infrastructure, tankers and vehicles at ambient pressure and  temperature, making it a natural fit with current port infrastructure and fleet of vessels, railcars,  and tank trucks. After the release of hydrogen (dehydrogenation), the LOHC can be reused to  bind hydrogen many hundreds of times. 

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies has sold pilot-scale LOHC systems to partners in several  countries like Finland, Germany and the US over the last years and has implemented the first  full LOHC supply chain for hydrogen mobility this summer. Hydrogenious supplies the Hydrogen  Refueling Station Erlangen in Germany via LOHC, which is a worldwide novelty. 

The joint venture LOHC Logistix GmbH located in Germany will support both parties to facilitate  their efforts to supply green hydrogen to off-takers, using LOHC based transportation via ship,  train, tanker, etc. The incorporation of the joint venture is subject to customary closing  conditions. For transportation and supply, it will purchase hydrogenation as well as  dehydrogenation services from/at the respective LOHC plant operating companies and organize  transport. 

Moreover, the two partners committed themselves to accelerate the establishment of the LOHC  storage plant planned at Chempark Dormagen (Germany/North-Rhine Westphalia), for which  the kick-off has been given in 2021 (link), as well as a release plant in Rotterdam with a release  capacity of 1.5 tonnes of hydrogen per day. The intention of both parties is to accelerate the  scale up.  

Vopak became involved as a strategic investor in Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies in 2019  (with a shareholding of around 10%). Today’s announcement is connected with Hydrogenious’  as well as Vopak’s first equal investment in the new joint venture and a convertible loan by  Vopak to Hydrogenious which can be converted into an equity stake following future funding  rounds by Hydrogenious in the upcoming years. 

Fuel Cells Works, Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Jointly Take Hydrogen Logistics to the Next LevelDr Daniel Teichmann, founder and CEO at Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Worldwide there exists a huge capacity of storage tanks, sea vessels, inland tankers and tank  trucks for the storage and transportation of liquid fossil fuels. Hydrogenious wants to turn all this  valuable infrastructure into the hydrogen infrastructure of the future using our LOHC technology. Ever since Vopak’s investment in our company we have worked very closely together in  developing and establishing clean hydrogen value chains. With the build-up of LOHC plants in  Chempark Dormagen and Rotterdam we will establish a green hydrogen supply chain that we  see as a blueprint for a future even more comprehensive network across Europe and the Middle  East and beyond. As a great start into the new year, we are proud to announce this new  partnership with Vopak and the foundation of our Joint Venture. As a team we work together to  further accelerate the establishment of a clean hydrogen infrastructure in order to ‘carry the new  energy world’, as our corporate claim says.” 

Fuel Cells Works, Vopak and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Jointly Take Hydrogen Logistics to the Next LevelDick Richelle, Chairman Executive Board and CEO Vopak 

“This investment is well in line with Vopak’s strategy to accelerate its portfolio investments  towards new energies and sustainable feedstocks. We believe that different types of hydrogen  logistics need to be developed to be able to facilitate the needed future flows of hydrogen and  hydrogen carriers. We are excited to work together with Hydrogenious to jointly develop the first  industrial scale hydrogen supply chain using LOHC.”

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About Royal Vopak

Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company. We store vital products with care.  Products for everyday life. The energy that allows people to cook, heat or cool their homes and for  transportation. The chemicals that enable companies to manufacture millions of useful products. The  edible oils to prepare food. We take pride in improving access to cleaner energy and feedstocks for a  growing world population, ensuring safe, clean and efficient storage and handling of bulk liquid products  and gases at strategic locations around the world. We are excited to help shape a sustainable future by  developing infrastructure solutions for new vital products, focusing on zero- and low-carbon hydrogen,  ammonia, CO2, long duration energy storage and sustainable feedstocks. We have a track record of over  400 years in navigating change and are continuously investing in innovation. On sustainability, we are  ambitious and performance driven, with a balanced roadmap that reflects key topics that matter most to  our stakeholders and where we can have a positive impact for people, planet and profit and the United  Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Vopak is listed on the Euronext Amsterdam and is  headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. For more information, please visit 

About Hydrogenious LOHC

Hydrogenious LOHC adds the missing link to high-performing hydrogen value chains globally. Based on  its proven Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology with benzyl toluene as carrier medium,  Hydrogenious LOHC allows for superior, flexible hydrogen supply to consumers in industry and mobility  across the globe, utilizing conventional liquid-fuel infrastructure. Founded in 2013, the portfolio of the  market-leading pioneer and its joint venture companies today includes stationary and mobile (on-board)  LOHC-based applications: Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, headquartered in Erlangen/Germany,  offers – within an EPC partnership with Bilfinger – (de-)hydrogenation turnkey plants, Operation &  Maintenance and LOHC logistics services – ensuring safe, easy and efficient hydrogen storage, transport  and distribution. Hydrogenious LOHC Emirates, based in the United Arab Emirates and a joint venture  with Emirates Specialized Contracting & Oilfield Services (ESCO), acts as the regional spearhead in the  Middle East since the end of 2021. Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime, established in 2021 jointly with  Østensjø Group and located in Norway, develops an emission-free onboard propulsion system with a  promising LOHC/fuel cell solution for the global shipping industry. With its >180 staff members and  investors AP Ventures, Royal Vopak, Winkelmann Group, Mitsubishi Corporation, Covestro, JERA  Americas, Temasek, Hyundai Motor Company, Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital,  Hydrogenious LOHC is a major enabler and accelerator for the energy transition | |


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