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Pressurized Hydrogen from Charged Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier Systems by Electrochemical Hydrogen Compression


We demonstrate that the combination of hydrogen release from a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) system with electrochemical hydrogen compression (EHC) provides three decisive advantages over the state-of-the-art hydrogen provision from such storage system: a) The EHC device produces reduced hydrogen pressure on its suction side connected to the LOHC dehydrogenation unit, thus shifting the thermodynamic equilibrium towards dehydrogenation and accelerating the hydrogen release; b) the EHC device compresses the hydrogen released from the carrier system thus producing high value compressed hydrogen; c) the EHC process is selective for proton transport and thus the process purifies hydrogen from impurities, such as traces of methane. We demonstrate this combination for the production of compressed hydrogen (absolute pressure of 6 bar) from perhydro dibenzyltoluene at dehydrogenation temperatures down to 240 °C in a quality suitable for fuel cell operation, e.g. in a fuel cell vehicle. The presented technology may be highly attractive for providing compressed hydrogen at future hydrogen filling stations that receive and store hydrogen in a LOHC-bound manner.

Funding source: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking
Countries: Germany

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