The oil pretence with hydrogen

Green hydrogen is deliberate one of a many critical components of a appetite transition sought a universe over. Generated around electrolysis from renewable energies like breeze or solar appetite though emitting hothouse gases, it will play an essential transformative purpose in many areas of a economy—from a steel courtesy to potion production. One plea is how to make sufficient quantities of immature hydrogen accessible in economically viable ways. A pivotal purpose is therefore played by imports from regions such as Spain, a Middle East, Africa, and Australia. However, storage and ride of this rarely flighty gas have so distant valid difficult. The Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies company, formed in a northern Bavarian city of Erlangen, offers a solution: a routine it has grown by that immature hydrogen is firm to an oil. “Packed in oil,” a gas can be stored and ecstatic underneath ambient conditions. It is afterwards expelled and a oil is reused for a subsequent load.

The highway to success was long. Dr. Daniel Teichmann, a chemical engineer, founded Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH in 2013. The 4 collateral letters in a company’s name mount for “liquid organic hydrogen carriers.” Knowing that organic compounds can catch and recover hydrogen in chemical reactions, Teichmann arrived during a thought of regulating them to store and ride a gas. He polished this proceed in a march of a investigate module during a Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). This southern German university has hold a single-digit share of a spin-off given 2014. In return, it has eliminated 15 patents to Hydrogenious. The high storage firmness of a LOHC routine enables it to hoop 5 times as most hydrogen as focus processes, for example. Teichmann found that a heat-transferring benzyltoluene oil is good matched for this purpose, and Hydrogenious has law a process.

Plans for a hydrogen recover plant: 1.5 tons of hydrogen can be done accessible each day—at industrial sites or fueling stations. The complement should be prepared in 2024. Credit: Hydrogenious

Dr. Andreas Lehmann, a company’s conduct of strategy, highlights a intensity trump label for commercializing a technology. “We can use all a infrastructure instruments that already exist for required fuels like diesel, including oil tankers, pumps, and tanker trucks.” Moreover, a oil is awfully fast and secure since it can be rubbed and stored underneath normal conditions. It is not bomb or volatile, and emits no poisonous erosive vapors such as ammonia. The routine is now being tested during mixed proof facilities. The largest is designed for CHEMPARK in a city of Dormagen, with an approaching storage ability of 5 tons a day. “That means we’ve reached an industrial scale,” Lehmann notes.

The managers of a Erlangen-based organisation are certain that not usually industrial sectors though also “transport will advantage from hydrogen expostulate systems and therefore from a LOHC application.” Lehmann goes on to explain that LOHC enables protected infrastructure for installations such as fueling stations. The routine could also shortly be used during sea. In Jul of this year a company, that now binds 45 patents and employs 125 people, entered a corner try with a Scandinavian shipping craving Johannes Østensjø dy AS. The Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime AS corner auxiliary is approaching to rise and marketplace an innovative emission-free LOHC-based focus for a shipping sector. The initial freighter versed with a novel record “developed in Erlangen” could set off as early as 2024.

Investors are assured about a immature record experts’ prospects. AP Ventures, a venture-capital supervision organisation for Anglo American Platinum, and South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation, fast came on board. They were followed by oil-terminal user Vopak, a Winkelmann Group, a Mitsubishi corporation, a Covestro chemical group, and Hyundai Motor Company. In a latest turn of funding, these 6 investors were assimilated by 4 more: Jera, Japan’s largest appetite company, Temesek, a collateral holding organisation for a supervision of Singapore, Chevron Oil Corporation, and a Pavilion Capital try investor. “That gives a expansion skeleton a really clever financial and vital foundation,” says Lehmann.

Hydrogenious is contrast this tiny hydrogen recover plant during a headquarters. It fits in a enclosure and will be used in a commander plan during an Erlangen gas station. Credit: Hydrogenious

Hydrogenious’s innovative appetite and pioneering record were respected during this year’s German Entrepreneurial Awards (Deutscher Gründerpreis). The jury, with member from DG’s partners and sponsors including Stern magazine, a Sparkasse assets and loan institutions, ZDF television, and Porsche, praised a growth of a insubordinate storage and ride record that can promote hydrogen’s breakthrough as an appetite matrix in a 21st century. Hydrogenious was nominated in a “Up and Coming” category. Like a other finalists, it will accept 4 weeks of particular and customized courtesy by a Porsche Consulting supervision consultancy. “We wish to work with a consultants to labour a plan for a entrance years as we transition from growth work to a use and blurb enterprise,” says Lehmann. “Porsche Consulting’s ideas and knowledge in a mobility zone will be helpful, as will a consultants’ imagination in bringing products and services onto a market.” Michael Tribus, Senior Partner during Porsche Consulting, adds that “Hydrogenious commands precisely a record that can make hydrogen a success. We wish to assistance a organisation turn an mercantile success as well.”

German Entrepreneurial Awards—The Finalists

Since 2002, a German Entrepreneurial Awards (Deutscher Gründerpreis) have been honoring those who notwithstanding risks have not shied divided from building visions into business plans. And transforming ideas into companies. Alongside Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH, there are 5 some-more nominees in a “StartUp” and “Up and Coming” categories for a final turn and awards rite on Sep 14 in Berlin.


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Text initial published in Porsche Consulting Magazine.