MAN Energy Solutions extends reach in hydrogen storage market


Germany-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.

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“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 decarbonisation 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 decarbonising 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.”

Frames Group designs and builds solutions for renewable energy and oil and gas processing equipment, and will be responsible for the overall realisation of the hydrogenation plant. MAN Energy Solutions will deliver the reactor and related steam generator equipment to the projects.

In related news, diesel engine manufacturer Cummins made a recent offer for the purchase of MAN Energy Solutions from holding company Volkswagen AG. Volkswagen announced its interest in selling off MAN Energy as part of its consolidation efforts. We’ll keep you up to date with interesting developments.

A similar version of this story first appeared on our sister-site, Power Engineering International