EKARRIH2 holds its Closing Day at EHEC 2024

Mar 11, 2024 | Activities

On March 8th, within the framework of the European Hydrogen Energy Conference (EHEC), the workshop to transfer the results of the EKARRIH2 project “Key technologies for hydrogen transport by means of liquid carriers” was held, with the participation of numerous national and international entities interested in the research results.

The closing day of EKARRIH2, which was attended by more than 40 representatives from 22 entities from the hydrogen value chain, began with a welcome from Marcos Suarez, from the basque Energy Cluster, and a brief introduction to the EKARRIH2 project by Fran Fernandez, from Tecnalia.

The day included an initial presentation by Miguel Martínez de Aguirre from Exolum, in which he contextualised the different ways of transporting hydrogen, such as pipelines, hydrides or liquid carriers. Within the latter, Miguel focused on ammonia carriers and organic liquid hydrogen carriers (LOHC). This is an area where various technological alternatives have advantages and disadvantages that suggest a future of coexistence of options according to the specific needs of each hydrogen transport situation. Exolum’s presentation gave rise to a small debate among the audience on how this segment will evolve in the near future.

The project partners had the opportunity to show the results obtained during two years of research. Marta Hernaiz from Tekniker focused on the evaluation and characterisation of emerging structures such as liquid hydrogen carriers. Two families have been proposed and evaluated during the research: silicon-based structures, analysed by Tekniker and, on the other hand, ionic liquids, analysed by CIC energiGUNE.

Francisco Alcaide from CIDETEC presented the results obtained in electrochemical technologies or hydrogenation/dehydrogenation. There are several advantages to these electrochemical processes, such as their selectivity, environmental friendliness, smooth operating conditions and safety.

Laura Barrio UPV/EHU in turn showed the results obtained in terms of chemical technologies for the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation of LOHC. During their research, they have developed and characterised catalytic reactors and their components for hydrogenation.

Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to share their interests and opinions on the different topics that were presented. Among the companies participating in the conference were Air Liquide, Ceit, Exolum, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa, Tamoin and Tres Sesenta Gases.

The EKARRIH2 project is funded by the Elkartek 2022 programme of the Basque Government’s Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment. The consortium is coordinated by Tecnalia and also includes CIC energiGUNE, Cidetec, Petronor Innovación, Tekniker and UPV/EHU, as well as the Basque Energy Cluster.