As part of the AquaVentus initiative, the AquaPortus project maps the entire LOHC supply chain. Wind-generated hydrogen is captured in LOHC and transported from the island of Heligoland to the mainland. Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies is the project partner for the LOHC technology and a member of the AquaVentus association.
LOHC – The key technology for hydrogen logistics
The island of Heligoland will be the starting point for the LOHC supply chain and a CO2-neutral hydrogen hub in the North Sea. The hydrogen generated by wind power in the AquaPrimus subproject will be stored in the LOHC.
The waste heat generated during hydrogen storage (hydrogenation) in the LOHC will be used to supply heat to the island. Heligoland is switching from heating oil to the CO2-neutral LOHC waste heat.
Stored in LOHC oil, the green hydrogen can be easily transported on to consumers, for particular in Hamburg. To make the LOHC supply chain complete, a dehydrogenation plant for recovering the hydrogen, including tank storage, will be built at a suitable location in the Port of Hamburg. From there, various consumers in local industry as well as mobility applications will be supplied with the green hydrogen extracted from the LOHC.
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In the long term, the logistics chain is to be further developed. The rail network will be used to distribute the hydrogen-loaded carrier oil to other locations in Germany and Eastern Europe, where the hydrogen can be released locally. In addition to the port of Hamburg, the aim is to distribute the LOHC to industrial customers or mobility customers who can be supplied directly with LOHC and extract the hydrogen on site.
AquaPortus – Partners at a glance
Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies is deploying its “Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier” (LOHC) solutions for the advantage of a secure green island energy supply as well as a wide range of applications. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and E.ON plan to distribute and use the LOHC on the mainland. The municipality of Heligoland and Versorgungsbetriebe Helgoland GmbH, in cooperation with HanseWerk AG, are planning the local applications on Heligoland and the associated conversion of the heating infrastructure on the island. The project is being managed and coordinated by the office of Tewis Projektmanagement GmbH.
The geographically well located island of Heligoland is being developed into a hub for a pan-European and transnational H2 network. The project family around the AquaVentus initiative comprises numerous sub-projects along the value chain from the production of hydrogen in the North Sea to the transport to customers on the mainland. These coordinated consortia synchronize demand and production, enabling a rapid market ramp-up. The AquaVentus project family includes, for example: the development of offshore wind turbines with integrated hydrogen production (AquaPrimus), a large-scale offshore hydrogen park (AquaSector), a central offtake pipeline (AquaDuctus), port infrastructures and transport chains (AquaPortus), maritime hydrogen-based applications (AquaNavis), and a research platform (AquaCampus).