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Massive importationand storage of H (1Mt/y).
Port of Amsterdam, Evos, Electriq Global, Hydrogenious and HSL Technologies have joined forces to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of importing and storing hydrogen on an industrial scale. The parties are jointly working on a blueprint for an import, storage, distribution and trading hub, consisting of facilities with a total throughput capacity of 1 million tonnes of hydrogen per year. Moving to overcome the challenges with transporting and storing compressed and cooled hydrogen, the H2 Gate project is exploring several hydrogen carrier technologies in parallel, also to determine potential energetic and operational synergies between them. Subsequent studies into design and realization, including pilots, are conceivable. Pierre-Emmanuel Casanova, CEO and co-founder of HSL Technologies: “H2 GATE is a great opportunity for HSL Technologies. Besides proving all the advantages that our molecule HydroSil could bring in a port hub, we will collaborate to the deployment of hydrogen together with major players of the sector. We feel honoured to be part of such an ambitious project.”
Start: January 2021.
Test bench of the release process and connection with a fuel cell.
Consortium project with Helion Hydrogen Power (fuel cell manufacturer), Enogia (ORC turbine manufacturer) and Ecole National Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (engineer school). This project is dedicated understand the interactions between our hydrogen release device and a fuel cell, by testing it on test bench but also the connection with Helion‘s fuel cell.
Start: November 2021.
Photoelectrochemical H production.
The Sun-To-X Horizon 2020 project will contribute to the European Commission’s targets for clean energy for all and circular economy by developing a system for the conversion of solar energy into storable chemical fuel that will be used in the energy and transport sectors. The objective is to convert the solar energy into a non-toxic, energy dense, liquid fuel that can be used in the energy and heating sectors. Water is needed as an input in almost all solar fuel electrolysis processes, so it is limited to areas which can meet large liquid water supply. By using humidity instead, the technology can be expanded even to deserts.
Start: September 2020.
Carbon-free alternative for the transition to a hydrogen economy.
HydroSil is aimed to big energy companies aiming to supply hydrogen to the market. This solution allows them to use the existing logistic infrastructure for fossil fuel, thus revolutionising the hydrogen delivery sector. Our innovation will have a disruptive impact in the mobility sector as it has the potential to remove the barriers that currently prevent a wide deployment of hydrogen-based applications by tackling safety, regulatory and supply chain issues. HSL Technologies was created with the objective of developing and exploiting this new technology which is based in a recent scientific discovery. Properly industrialised, it has all the ingredients to become a game changer in hydrogen distribution industry, enabling the deployment of a hydrogen economy. The overall objective of the project is to be ready to commercialise our disruptive technology among major energy companies.
Start: October 2020.
Redefine energy Efficiency solutions for hydrogen powered SHIPs in marine and inland waterway
Under the framework of Zero Emission Waterborne Transport (ZEWT), hydrogen as the future fuel for ships offers an opportunity to zero the GHG emission. Nevertheless, the challenges for onboard hydrogen storage and utilisation obstruct this long desired revolution. Novel and effective technology solution is urgently needed. The project, RESHIP, aims to redefine the onboard energy saving solutions for newbuilds and retrofits in marine and inland waterway with disruptive technologies in two distinct areas, Energy Saving Devices (ESDs) and onboard hydrogen utilisation. Regarding the ESDs, the project proposes to research and develop hydrogen compatible ESD solutions in standalone/combined applications, centered around Tubercle Assisted Propulsors (TAPs), to improve the vessel's propulsive energy efficiency and to optimise towards hydrogen power and drive system. With the novel and energy efficient hydrogen carrier technology HydroSil, RESHIP links the ESD technology to the research of the energy efficient onboard hydrogen utilisation technology to systematically reshape the hydrogen driven ships with a holistic energy saving solution. Together, RESHIP aims to achieve a minimum overall 35% energy saving and to half the hydrogen storage demands on space and/or weight, comparing to the state-of-the-art hydrogen powered vessels. The proposal responds to the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action call on the topic “Innovative on-board energy saving solutions” (ID: HORIZON-CL5-2021-D5-01-10). The consortium gathers world-leading multidisciplinary experts and key patent holders with 13 partners from 9 EU countries, forging a complementary stakeholder group. The consortium covers two industrial sectors, shipping and ships together with hydrogen. The implementation of the developed technologies will be demonstrated and validated in technical, environmental, cost economical, safety and regulatory levels, bringing TRL from 2-3 to 5-6.
Start: September 2022.
Industrial demonstrator to produce liquid hydrogen carrier
During this project, HSL Technologies will design and manufacture two industrial demonstrators, in order to produce HydroSil (hydrogen liquid carrier) and to release hydrogen from this carrier. HydroSil a liquid silicon hydride derivative, which is stable, non-toxic, non-explosive and non-dangerous. It enables to release hydrogen at the consumption site easily, on-demand and without any external energy input. Furthermore, it can be reused as many times as desired. These demonstrators will be installed close to HSL Technologies’ headquarters, at Technopôle de l’Environnement de l’Arbois. This operation will allow HSL Technologies to start producing HydroSil in an industrial way and begin the certification of this new molecule.
Start: July 2020.
The project is dedicated to the marinization of the hydrogen release technology, in order to implement it in ships. Several tests are planned: testing under marine movements (swell simulation, or hexapod) in order to verify the performance of the reactor, and testing under a vibration profile for the reactor and the stored volume of HydroSil. These initial tests will provide a clear roadmap for the marinization of the system. This project was funded by the Region and the government as part of the France 2030 Plan.
Start: October 2022.