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Hydrogenious scientists nominated for 2018 German Future Prize for work on liquid organic hydrogen storage

Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Prof. Wolfgang Arlt and Dr.-Ing. Daniel Teichmann, CEO of FAU (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität) spin-off Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, have been nominated for the 2018 German Future Prize (German President’s Award for Innovation in Science and Technology).

Being nominated for this award honors the achievements of these FAU scientists in research and development into safe hydrogen storage and successfully getting it ready for the market as a contribution to a sustainable energy system. The jury will be choosing the winners on 28 November and Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier will present the 2018 prize in the evening.

The researchers are pursuing their vision of using hydrogen instead of fossil fuels and thus making use of existing supply infrastructure with their venture. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid from Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and director of the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy, part of Forschungszentrum Jülich, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Arlt, former holder of the Chair of Thermal Process Engineering at FAU and Dr. Daniel Teichmann, FAU alumnus and managing director of Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH have now found a means of binding hydrogen in a non-explosive and non-toxic carrier fluid and releasing it when required.

The carrier substance is left behind as a liquid refillable bottle and can be refilled with hydrogen at any time. This LOHC (liquid organic hydrogen carrier) technology offers an efficient and safe method for storing and transporting hydrogen, not only as a fuel in regional transportation networks, but also for transporting renewable energy without losses worldwide—for example from thinly-populated regions with good conditions for generating wind or solar power to densely-populated and highly industrialized regions.

Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH, a spin-off of FAU, has already won several awards for its LOHC technology such as the German Business Innovation Award, the Energy Transition Award of the German Energy Agency and the Bavarian Founder Award.



Nothing on the energy overhead or weight-fraction of hydrogen.  AAMOF, no specifics whatsoever.  Pure wind.  The Hydrogenious web site refers to a 1:41 YouTube video which shows only that the liquid carrier is non-flammable.  Oh, it's referred to as an "oil".  That's it.  Nothing about how hydrogen is put in or taken out.

Ammonia allows hydrogen transport very cheaply without the need to return a carrier for reuse.  The carrier is nitrogen, which can be taken from or dumped to the atmosphere anywhere.  It carries 17.3% hydrogen by weight.


Ammonia is a bit scary, and it is also a gas.
[ Although it is used a lot in industry ]


Ammonia can't go "kaboom" like hydrogen, and you can detect it with your nose.  It should be acceptable for self-serve fueling, which hydrogen doesn't seem to be.

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