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SUSTAINABLE AND COST-EFFICIENT CATALYST FOR HYDROGEN AND ENERGY STORAGE APPLICATIONS BASED ON LIQUID ORGANIC HYDROGEN CARRIERS : ECONOMIC VIABILITY FOR MARKET UPTAKE

Objective

Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC), consisting on a reversible transformation catalytically activated of a pair of stable liquid organic molecules integrated on hydrogenation/dehydrogenation cycles, are attractive due to their ability to store safely large amounts of hydrogen (up to 7 %wt or 2.300 KWh/ton) during long time and release pure hydrogen on demand. Proof of concept and some commercial solutions exist but still suffer from high cost and energy needed to facilitate catalytic reactions.
In order to reduce the system cost for LOHC technology to 3 €/Kg for large scale applications SherLOHCk project targets joint developments consisting on :i) highly active and selective catalyst with partial/total substitution of PGM and thermo-conductive catalyst support to reduce the energy intensity during loading/unloading processes: ii) novel catalytic system architecture ranging from the catalyst to the heat exchanger to minimize the internal heat loss and to increase space-time-yield and iii) novel catalyst testing, system validation and demonstration in demo unit (>10 kW, >200h); to drastically improve their technical performances and energy storage efficiency of LOHCs:
A combination of challenges for the catalyst material, catalyst system and their related energy storage capabilities will constitute the core of a catalyst system for LOHC, that will be validated first at a lab scale, then in a demo unit > 10kW. As a whole they will enable the reduction of Energy intensity during loading/unloading processes, a higher efficiency and increased lifetime. Technological, economical and societal bottlenecks are considered to determine the economic viability, balance of energy and the environmental footprint of novel catalyst synthesis route.
Scale-up of the obtained solutions will be carried out together with technology comparison with other hydrogen logistic concepts based on LCA and TCO considerations to finally improve economic viability of the LOHC technology.

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 585 247,50

Participants (6)

FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 299 375
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 384 671,25
Address
Barrio Sarriena S N
48940 Leioa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HYDROGENIOUS LOHC TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 510 906,25
Address
Weidenweg 13
91058 Erlangen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 424 991,25
Address
Rellinghauser Strasse 1-11
45128 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KUWAIT PETROLEUM RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 225 443,75
Address
Moezelweg 251
3198 LS Europoort Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 132 687,50
Address
Hoffman Street 11
2531 Potchefstroom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments