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

SHERLOHCK
Framework Programme: 
H2020
Call for proposals: 
2020
Project Pillar: 
Energy

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.

Project reference: 
101007223
Topic: 
FCH-02-1-2020: Catalyst development for improved economic viability of LOHC technology
Project type: 
Contract type: 
Research & Innovation Action
Start date: 
Friday, January 1, 2021
End date: 
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Duration: 
36
Project cost: 
2,563,322.50
Project funding: 
2,563,322.50
Coordinator: 

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES FR

Contact: 
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 


KUWAIT PETROLEUM RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY BV NL
HYDROGENIOUS LOHC TECHNOLOGIES GMBH DE
NOORDWES-UNIVERSITEIT ZA
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA ES
EVONIK OPERATIONS GMBH DE
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG DE
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