Bilfinger and Hydrogenious become partners – Bilfinger SE

13.10.2021

  • Strategic partnership for industrial scaling of the Hydrogenious LOHC plant systems
  • Implementation of joint large-volume hydrogen projects

The internationally leading industrial service provider Bilfinger and the LOHC market pioneer Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies (“Hydrogenious LOHC”) enter into a strategic partnership and bundle their complementary know-how. The companies aim to make green hydrogen commercially available on a large scale in Europe by offering a turnkey, stationary Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) facility infrastructure based on Hydrogenious’s proprietary technology. For the owners or operators of these systems consisting of hydrogen storage and hydrogen release systems, the partners want to provide services from a single source in the areas of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and maintenance.

“As a long-term partner on an equal footing, we want to help drive the energy transition further,” says Christina Johansson, Interim CEO and CFO of Bilfinger. “As a sustainable energy source, green hydrogen plays a decisive role for our customers and for European countries in order to achieve their climate goals. With the appropriate scaling, the LOHC technology from Hydrogenious can become a future-oriented solution for this. “

“With Bilfinger we are gaining our partner of choice for the turnkey construction of large-scale LOHC systems with extensive expertise in engineering, assembly and maintenance,” says Dr. Daniel Teichmann, founder and managing director of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies. “Our partnership is optimally positioned for the market ramp-up in the hydrogen economy. By further improving the competitiveness of our technology through scale-up and standardization, all players in the future green hydrogen value chains benefit. “

The Hydrogenious LOHC technology is both an efficient and safe solution for the flexible transport of hydrogen: In the StoragePLANTS, the hydrogen is chemically bound to the LOHC material benzyltoluene, a thermal oil. This carrier oil can be transported under ambient conditions in conventional and existing logistics infrastructures comparable to the delivery of, for example, crude oil or diesel. When it arrives at the hydrogen consumer, the hydrogen is released from the LOHC in a ReleasePLANT (in appropriate purity as required), while the carrier material is reused hundreds of times in the cycle. The Hydrogenious LOHC technology thus has clear advantages over other technologies for transporting hydrogen.

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies delivered its first LOHC storage and release systems for commercial use in the USA in 2018. A demonstration system was previously in operation at Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart. The start of construction on an industrial scale LOHC-StoragePLANT is planned for 2023/2024 in CHEMPARK Dormagen – at the same time the world’s largest facility of its kind (hydrogen storage in LOHC: approx. 1,800 tons per year). For the construction of the plant, Bilfinger provides basic engineering and civil engineering services and supports the application for permits in the chemical park.

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