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Clariant participates in German Kopernikus initiative for advancing renewable energy

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Clariant, aáworld leader ináspecialty chemicals, today announced thatáits Catalysts business is participating inátheáKopernikus technology initiative ofátheáGerman FederaláMinistry ofáEducation andáResearch. Theáaimáofátheámajor cross-industry programáis toápromote theáswitch toárenewable energy. Ofátheáfour main Kopernikus projects, Clariant is contributing toátheáôPower-to-Xö project byádesigning catalysts tailored forátheáLOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers) technology.

Clariantĺs partners inátheáLOHC development teamáinclude:

  • RWTH Aachen University
  • ForschungszentrumáJülich (FZJ)
  • Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen/Nuremberg (FAU)
  • Karlsruhe Institute ofáTechnology (KIT)
  • Fraunhofer Institute foráMechanics ofáMaterials (IWM) / Fraunhofer Institute foráSolar Energy Systems (ISE)
  • Leibniz-Forschungsverbund Energiewende (WZB/DIW)
  • Areva H2Gen GmbH
  • Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH
  • thyssenkrupp IndustrialáSolutions AG

Besidesábeing aástandard industry gas, hydrogen has theápotentialátoábe aámajor energy carrier. Hydrogen obtained fromárenewable energy oráindustrialásources can be used toástore energy forásubsequent use ináindustry, mobility andáelectricity. However, hydrogenĺs very low density, high flammability andáextreme volatility make storage andátransportation difficult, thereby limiting its environmentaláandácommercialáadvantages.

LOHC technology overcomes this challenge. Ináaábreakthrough method developed byáHydrogenious Technologies, hydrogen is chemically bound toátheáLOHC carrier, which acts like aábattery foráhydrogen: it charges throughácatalytic hydrogenation andáreleases hydrogen via catalytic dehydrogenation. Compared toáconventionalámethods, theáLOHC concept enables significantly safer andámore efficient storage andátransportation ofáhydrogen. Amongáother benefits, this willágreatly facilitate theáconservation ofásurplus energy fromáwind andásolar sources. Clariant has successfully developed dedicated catalysts foráLOHC hydrogenation (EleMax« H 101) andádehydrogenation (EleMaxáD 101). Clariant Catalysts continues toásupport theáresearch withácatalyst products andáexpertise toáfurther increase theáefficiency ofáthis technology.

UnderátheáKopernikus ôPower-to-Xö project, theáLOHC research phase is sponsored foráanáinitialáperiod ofáthree years. Duringáthis time, theáteamáintends toáadvance LOHC technology fromáResearch andáDevelopment (R&D) toáindustrialámaturity.

Marvin Estenfelder, Head ofáR&D Catalysts atáClariant, stated, ôClariant is honored toáparticipate inátheáKopernikus initiative andátoácollaborate withápioneers like Hydrogenious Technologies. Sustainability is aástrategic pillar ofáClariantĺs business strategy, andáwe are committed toáleveraging our innovation capabilities toásolve current andáfuture globaláchallenges.ö

EleMax« IS AáTRADEMARK OFáCLARIANT REGISTERED INáMANY COUNTRIES.


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