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MAN FORMS PARTNERSHIP IN HYDROGEN GAS STORAGE

Thursday, July 25, 2019 

MAN Energy Solutions, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and Frames Group have signed a cooperation agreement in order to jointly design and build large scale hydrogen storage systems based on the Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology, thus bringing hydrogen as fuel for shipping and other industries a step closer to reality.

Developed by Hydrogenious, the LOHC technology uses heat transfer oil as a carrier for hydrogen, thus allowing it to be stored under ambient conditions. The process triples the amount of hydrogen that can be transported compared to standard pressurised containers. The LOHC technology is said to offer a safe and efficient solution for storing and distributing hydrogen on a large scale

The new partners are ready to meet the needs for the future hydrogen market in respect to bulk hydrogen storage and transportation. As a first step, the companies have developed systems with hydrogen capacities of 5 and 12 tons per day. Such large hydrogen processing capacities will be crucial for the decarbonisation of Europe's energy needs.

“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”, said Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions. “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 regards to a future hydrogen economy.”

“We are very satisfied to have gained such important players from the plant engineering sector for this cooperation” states Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies. “Since our technology uses the existing infrastructure for conventional fuels, it makes import and transportation of large amounts of green hydrogen, for example from Scandinavian wind parks to Central Europe, feasible. This partnership will contribute to creating a simple and efficient transport network for green energy at European and global level.”

“We see an increased demand for green fuels and are investing in the development of hydrogen solutions, like electrolysers and hydrogen storage. Hydrogen is the vital link in the energy transition”, said Frans Roozendaal, CEO of the Dutch Frames group. “At Frames, we convert process and control concepts into skid-mounted solutions. Although the oil and gas industry has historically been the target market, we have also seen a strong expansion of our renewables activities.”

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies of Germany specialises in development of the LOHC technology and thus contributes its core process know-how to the cooperation. Frames Group designs and builds solutions for renewable energy and oil and gas processing equipment, and will be responsible for the overall realisation of the hydrogenation plant. MAN ES completes the consortium with its experience in design and fabrication of reactor systems for chemical and petrochemical applications. The company will deliver the reactor and related steam generator equipment to the projects.

The new partnership is part of MAN Energy Solution’s strategic and technological transformation aimed to expand its business with sustainable technologies and solutions such that they become its main source of revenue by 2030.

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