Three Companies to Develop LOHC-SOFC Power System for Maritime
Alma Clean Power, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, and Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime have entered into a joint development agreement to design and develop a fully integrated LOHC-SOFC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier-Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) power system for the Enova-backed “HyNjord” project. The pilot powertrain, with an output of 100 kilowatts, will be demonstrated aboard the Østensjø Rederi-operated offshore supply vessel, Edda Ferd.
These agreements also lay the groundwork for the potential future use of hydrogen-powered vessels at the megawatt scale. This innovation combines the efficient direct conversion of hydrogen into power with the hydrogen release from the LOHC. The key to this lies in using the excess heat from the SOFC to meet the LOHC release unit’s heat demand. Hydrogenious’ LOHC solution enables a secure and user-friendly method for handling hydrogen as fuel, and plays a crucial role in decarbonizing the maritime industry.
“With this partnership, we leverage synergies between Alma’s SOFC solution and our LOHC technology and take the next milestone in pioneering the use of hydrogen as a safe and efficient zero-emission fuel to ships”, says Dr Daniel Teichmann, CEO and founder of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies.
Øystein Skår, General Manager at Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime, adds: “Our goal is to develop a zero-emission power solution for shipping, and with this agreement, we join forces to combine the LOHC technology with SOFC technology to develop an efficient way to produce power on board ships without emissions.”
Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies is a global pioneer in the field of hydrogen storage and transportation utilizing LiquidOrganic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology. Benzyl toluene is used as the carrier material and Hydrogenious LOHC Maritime leverages this to create a marine powertrain with impressive safety and manoeuvrability advantages. This system also produces hydrogen directly from the LOHC of fuel cell grade quality.
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