MAN Energy Solutions, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and hydrogen technology specialist Frames Group BV are to collaborate in the design and construction of large-scale hydrogen storage systems based on liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology, developed by Hydrogenius. The move comes as a key step in MAN’s strategy of expanding its business in sustainable technologies so that they become its main source of revenue by 2030.
LOHC technology uses heat transfer oil as a carrier for hydrogen, thereby allowing it to be stored under ambient conditions. The process triples the volume of hydrogen that can be transported compared with standard pressurised containers. The partners believe that LOHC technology offers a safe and efficient way for hydrogen to be distributed and stored on a large scale.
Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies will contribute its core process know-how and Frames Group will be responsible for the design and supply of the hydrogenation plant. MAN will deliver the reactor and related steam generator equipment for the project, based on its experience in the design and construction of reactor systems for chemical and petrochemical applications.
MAN Energy Solutions’ CEO, Dr Uwe Lauber, said: “We strongly believe that the global goal to build a climate-neutral economy largely depends on the future use of green hydrogen and other gases produced from renewable energy. Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of those sectors that cannot be electrified directly. The LOHC technology is a game-changing and powerful innovation by a great company and this partnership is an important step to further build our profile with regard to a future hydrogen economy.”