Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, recently announced that its Catalysts business has formed an alliance with award-winning clean energy company, Hydrogenious Technologies, to provide reliable, scalable and safe hydrogen supply solutions for a wide variety of applications.
Hydrogen from renewable energy sources, such as wind and hydro power, has long been recognized as a more efficient and more environmentally friendly fuel. However, fluctuations in weather conditions necessitate cost-effective, large-scale storage in order to ensure a steady supply of electrical energy. Moreover, hydrogen's very low density, high flammability and extreme volatility present significant challenges to both storage and transportation. Conventional storage methods typically involve either physical compression (200–700 bar) or extreme cooling (–253°C) of hydrogen, both of which are energy intensive and carry significant safety risks.
In what has been a major leap forward, Hydrogenious Technologies, has developed a highly innovative means of transporting hydrogen by chemically binding the molecules to Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC). In the unique method, hydrogenation of the liquid organic hydrocarbon dibenzyltoluene via Clariant's EleMax H catalyst allows hydrogen to be 'stored', while its dehydrogenation with EleMax D 'releases' hydrogen on demand. The highly active Clariant catalysts are designed to offer exceptional selectivity for loading and unbinding hydrogen in order to optimize the life-cycle and efficiency of the LOHC.
Non-explosive, non-toxic and of low flammability, the diesel-like hydrogen-bound compound is not classified a hazardous good, and remains in a useable and convenient liquid state through a broad temperature range of -39°C to 390°C at ambient pressure. These factors allow considerably easier installation at industrial locations as well as commercial and public fueling sites, even in close range of or within residential areas It furthermore allows for the handling flexibility required to enable a wide spread roll-out of hydrogen production from renewable power sources (Power-to-Gas).
Hydrogenious Technologies' revolutionary solution and Clariant's specialized catalysts now present a safer, more efficient alternative for storing and transporting very large amounts of clean hydrogen from renewable source to enable emission-free mobility and cleaner industry processes. First commercial scale units in operation for example at United Hydrogen Group (Tennessee) confirm the expected technical and economic attractiveness. Clariant will continue to further broaden the applicability and efficiency of this advantageous technology offered by Hydrogenious via catalyst research and expertise.
Marvin Estenfelder, Head of R&D at Clariant's Business Unit Catalysts, welcomed the alliance, stating, "We are delighted to partner with Hydrogenious Technologies in the evolution of renewable energy and global efforts for sectoral integration. The successful development of dedicated catalysts for LOHC technology is not only testament to Clariant's pioneering capabilities, but also reflects the importance of sustainability to our culture, operations, and as a driver for growth and innovation."
Daniel Teichmann, CEO at Hydrogenious Technologies, considers the cooperation with Clariant to be as well future-oriented. "As an innovation driven company, Hydrogenious Technologies goes hand in hand with Clariant to provide the energy sector with sustainable energy and mobility. The partnership with Clariant is not only a 'catalyst' for the LOHC technology, but also an acceleration of our mission into a decarbonized world with an economic and ecological hydrogen approach. It is a further step towards our vision to make the much discussed hydrogen economy a global reality," emphasizes Daniel Teichmann.