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New partnership aims to develop fuel cell with liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC)

Researchers at HI ERN are developing the catalysts and membranes needed for this technology specifically for this application

The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN), the automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler, and Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of hydrogen technology. The common goal is the development of a hydrogen fuel cell that is operated with a liquid organic hydrogen carrier, so-called LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier). The use of LOHC has the advantage of making fuel cell operation simpler, safer, cheaper and more sustainable, thus making an important contribution to CO2-neutral and at the same time sustainable mobility.

The project builds on Hydrogenious' and HI ERN's extensive pioneering achievements in research and development in the field of LOHC, as well as corresponding know-how and patents. Together with the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg, Schaeffler is developing the corresponding fuel cell technology for the direct use of hydrogen bound in LOHC. For this purpose, adaptations have to be made in the design of the fuel cells. Schaeffler manufactures the bipolar plates, taking advantage of synergies and drawing on know-how from previously developed fuel cell technology. The catalysts and membranes needed for this technology are being developed by researchers here at HI ERN specifically for this application.

Dr. Daniel Teichmann (left), Uwe Wagner (center), Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid (right)Uwe Wagner (center), Member of the Schaeffler AG Board of Managing Directors for Research and Development, Dr. Daniel Teichmann (left), CEO and founder of Hydrogenious, Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid (right), Director at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies, seal the partnership at Hydrogenious (photo was taken in compliance with local Corona regulations)
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Patrick Preuster
Head of Team Process Units for Chemical Hydrogen Storage
E-Mail: p.preuster@fz-juelich.de
Tel.: +49 (0)9131-12538167

Jessica Pölloth
PR and Communication
E-Mail: j.poelloth@fz-juelich.de
Tel.: +49 (0)9131 12538-204

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