Hydrogen: German supplier cracks great fuel cell problem

Breakthrough in the fuel cell

breakthrough! German supplier cracks a large fuel cell problem

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Schaeffler AG Hydrogen: German supplier cracks great fuel cell problem

Hydrogen is considered a promising energy source for heavy load and long-distance traffic. The problem: For transport, the element must either be cooled down or compressed. The German company Schaeffler now wants to make this unnecessary.

The automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has closed a cooperation agreement with Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH and the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for renewable energies (here). The common goal is the development of a hydrogen fuel cell, which is operated with a liquid organic hydrogen carrier, so-called LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier)).

The technology is intended to facilitate dealing with the gaseous element at normal temperatures. Dr. Daniel Teichmann, CEO and founder of Hydrogenious, explains in a press release: “The direct use of LOHC in fuel cells for electricity generation makes the handling of hydrogen unnecessary and allows a particularly favorable and safe supply of mobile and inpatient energy consumers."

Benzyltoluol is used in the proprietary hydrogenious process. This is an oil -like, organic substance that chemically binds the hydrogen and lets it transport it in normal environmental conditions. Unlike in the classic version, no molecular hydrogen would be present in a LOHC fuel cell or in the supply chain. The liquid carrier material can be used several times and should therefore be particularly sustainable.

The project builds on the preparatory work of Hydrogenious and here in research and development in the area of LOHC. Schaeffler, together with the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg, develops the corresponding fuel cell technology for the direct use of hydrogen bound in LOHC. To do this, adaptations must be made when building the fuel cells. The catalysts and membranes necessary for this technology are specially developed for this application at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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  1. You never hear from again, I bet on it. Every six months there is a new message from and … You never hear from again, I bet on it. Every six months there is a new message from something very revolutionary and then it disappears under the table unseen.

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  2. Randomly
    I don’t care whether combustioners, electric car or hydrogen. At the moment I can do the other as a new car, and continue driving my old car!

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  3. Efficiency decides
    In times of energy shortage, the efficiency of the respective drive only decides. Because this ultimately also determines the price of the locomotion. Unfortunately, the article does not learn anything about the efficiency of the system. With "investment" the entire area is meant from hydrogen production to the consumption of the current generated in the fuel cell. According to previous reports, each intermediate production step is associated with loss of energy. This should not be different due to the presented carrier material LOHC.

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  4. My consequence
    Since nobody knows what comes, I will continue my 26 year old car (Porsche without a repair) until it breaks apart. I think that’s also a fine environmental idea !

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  5. Hydrogen the greatest mistake
    Hydrogen in the car is the biggest embarrassment in the history of car manufacturers. 4 decades ago, the German car manufacturers received an estimated 150 million D-Mark every year to develop a hydrogen car. We only talk about the drive here, the car already existed. Only for comparison, 40 years ago there was no internet, no cell phone, no Amazon, u.S.W. . The question is, who is ready to pay an estimated € 25 for hydrogen for 100km route! The price results from hydrogen factory, hydrogen tanker, hydrogen petrol station, outside inhabited, Europe wide! Germany is the country of inventors, marketing we leave other countries. Tesla only wants to grow by 50% every year. And Germany, plans, and plans, and plans, and bye.

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  6. Mr. Bauer,
    Have you ever thought that from 40 years ago there was no concept for the drive with hydrogen at all? I would like to know how many plans and inventions of it have been in the drawers of the oil companies for a long time and are simply kept under lock. If hydrogen drives work properly, the oil trade breaks down very quickly

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  7. A positive sign
    Finally, the scientists who were awarded the innovation award a few years ago have now obviously and, as announced at the time, have now made their invention to use industrial. Congratulations and now the question of why this invention of the safe handling and simple use of H2 did not get admission into the world of thoughts of the car manufacturers, where all elements of the conventional, fossil fuels can be replaced without revolutionary upheaval in the vehicle industry must come and this radical switch to battery drive with the requirement of predatory building on rare earths under questionable circumstances and not yet foreseeable consequences with brachial power is driven forward.

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  8. @Klaus Witte!
    A counter argument from the table u. a new one on the same. You need 2 tanks at LOHC. A medium u invited with H2. A medium for the unloaded medium. For 500km they would have to grasp 100l each. To solve the H2, a catalyst with 200 ° C and a lot of pressure is necessary. When refueling, the 2. Tank can be emptied.

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  9. Hydrogen and fuel cells
    Many commentators here, probably the genus "Homo burning", criticize my scientifically well -founded comments on the sharpest. However, my comments are based on highly qualified statements and comments by local experts, among whom is even a scientist, a luminary in electric technology, physics and chemistry, which is available until retirement at a renowned institution at Rosenkavalierplatz in Munich Taxpayers cost its mischief and everything, in terms of electromobility and battery technology, to this day with the KOpp, because "The name seems".

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  10. If hydrogen was as excellent as they were to present, the technology would have already prevailed. But the fact is the opposite and that will stay that way and change at the latest when the oil starts to dry up.

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  11. Great,
    China just has to wait until it is production capable and works, then it will buy this product and that was it then! Is common to buy German companies with quality products from Germany! Well, you can think about how you want ………………………..

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  12. It is still cited to push through hydrogen?
    Despite poor energy balance over purely battery -operated vehicles. why?Quite simply, the price can be conveniently controlled again, as with gasoline/diesel, as it can only be made available by a few large suppliers, the state can easily tax and Last but not least: the TuV would be full Grate hands – if the hydrogen technology is very dangerous and requires regular checks, probably then every year or even every six months? You would like to see great profiteers – but certainly not the customer who is forced into this technology, he should keep your mouth nicely and pay the expensive colliery – it shouldn’t be cheaper as before anyway …

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  13. Price control
    And they seriously believe in all eternity "normal" To be able to use household current to load a electricity? The greater the decline in mineral oil tax, the more specific the thoughts become to tax the charging current. Loading a vehicle will only be possible via appropriate, secure interfaces. Nothing with free, self -generated electricity…

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