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MAN Energy Solutions moving deeper into hydrogen sector with storage, transport partnership

German-based power generator MAN Energy Solutions will join a partnership aimed at expanding hydrogen storage systems, particularly in Europe.

MAN has signed on to a cooperative agreement with Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and Frames Group B.V. Together they will design and build large-scale hydrogen storage systems.

The work will be based on Hydrogenious-developed liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology. It uses heat transfer oil as a carrier for hydrogen, allowing it to be stored under ambient conditions and triples the volume that can be transported, according to the companies.

“We strongly believe that the global goal to build a climate neutral economy largely depends on the future use of green hydrogen and other gases produced from renewable energy”, Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said in a statement. “Hydrogen will play a crucial role in the decarbonization of those sectors that cannot be electrified directly. The LOHC technology is a game changing and powerful innovation by a great company and this partnership is an important step to further build our profile with regards to a future hydrogen economy.”

Many energy insiders believe that using carbon-free hydrogen in turbines should play a major role in decarbonizing power generation capacity. Companies such as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas and GE are exploring the potential and will talk about hydrogen in sessions at POWERGEN International this November in New Orleans.

“We are very satisfied to have gained such important players from the plant engineering sector for this cooperation” said Daniel Teichmann, CEO of Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies. “Since our technology uses the existing infrastructure for conventional fuels, it makes import and transportation of large amounts of green hydrogen, for example from Scandinavian wind parks to Central Europe, feasible. This partnership will contribute to creating a simple and efficient transport network for green energy at European and global level.”

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies develops the LOHC technology, while Frames Group B.V. designs and builds solutions for renewable energy and oil and gas processing equipment, and will be responsible for the overall realization of the hydrogenation plant. MAN Energy Solutions will deliver the reactor and related steam generator equipment to the projects.

Earlier this year, MAN Energy Solutions announced it has acquired 40 percent of shares in the electrolysis technology company H-TEC Systems. H-TEC has more than 20 years’ experience in the research and development of hydrogen technology. Across sites in Lübeck, Braak and Augsburg, a team of 20 employees develops and produces stacks and electrolyzers for manufacturing hydrogen with electricity.

Earlier this week, American on-site power giant Cummins said it was interested in acquiring MAN Energy Solutions.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).