Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier

Project SherLOHCk

SherLOHCk project targets joint developments in order to reduce the system cost for Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC) technology to 3€/kg for large scale applications. For this purpose the following tasks defined:

  • Partial/total substitution of PGM catalysts
  • Higher efficiency through novel catalytic system architecture
  • Prototype demonstration in a stationary unit (>10kW, > 200h)

A combination of challenges for the catalyst material, catalyst system and their related energy storage capabilities will constitute the core of a catalyst system for LOHC, that will be validated first at a lab scale, then in a demo unit > 10kW. As a whole they will enable the reduction of Energy intensity during loading/unloading processes, a higher efficiency and increased lifetime.

Technological, economical and social bottlenecks are considered to determine the economic viability, balance of energy and the environmental footprint of novel catalyst synthesis route.

Scale-up of the obtained solutions will be carried out together with technology comparison with other hydrogen logistic concepts based on LCA and TCO considerations to finally improve economic viability of the LOHC technology.



The main role of Q8Research in this project is (1) to compare performance of different hydrogenation catalysts on in our continuous flow catalyst pilot plant to select the best catalyst(s) for upscaling and (2) life-time-testing (>120h) of the final selected hydrogenation catalyst(s).





The project leading to this application has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101007223. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands”.
Horizon 2020

April 2020 - March 2024
€ 2.500.000
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