Frames designs Europe’s first liquid hydrogen storage plant


Germany Frames is designing a modular and skid-mounted LOHC Storage Plant in collaboration with Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and MAN Energy Solutions for what will be Europe’s first industrial scale LOHC plant.

The Cologne plant, located at CHEMPARK Dormagen in Germany, will have the capacity to store 5 tons of hydrogen per day and will be based on Hydrogenious’ LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier) technology. Typically, 5 tons of hydrogen can power a hydrogen-powered car for half a million kilometres.

Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies, Frames Group, and MAN Energy Solutions formed a partnership in 2019 to design, supply, and commission industrial scale Hydrogen storage plants based on Hydrogenious’ LOHC technology. MAN Energy Solutions will design the reactor for the plant.

Hydrogen is chemically bonded to the LOHC material benzyl toluene, a thermal oil, in the LOHC Storage Plant. This carrier oil can be transported in standard and existing logistics infrastructures under ambient conditions, similar to the delivery of petroleum or diesel. The LOHC loaded with hydrogen will be loaded onto a truck for road transport to LOHC Release Plants and hydrogen offtakers in Europe, including Rotterdam, from the plant in the CHEMPARK Dormagen.