Early in 2019, the companies agreed on closer cooperation in order to further establish LOHC technology in the growing hydrogen market. Both partners are based in Erlangen (Germany), which will strengthen the city's role as the world's central industrial location for LOHC developments.
The partners consider dibenzyltoluene, commonly used in industry as a heat transfer oil, to be the most suitable hydrogen carrier material. This proprietary carrier oil offers significant advantages in terms of storage density, cost and above all safety. It is flame retardant and non-toxic. In addition, it is not classified as dangerous goods. This eliminates the risks of conventional hydrogen storage. In addition, it can be transported under ambient conditions, which facilitates handling and transport within the existing infrastructure. Ultimately, the LOHC technology could serve to store hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles in standard tanks, similar to those used in vehicles with combustion engines. Likewise, the technology could be used in smart grid installations for intermediate energy storage.