Representantatives of the UnLOHCked project.

The University of the Basque Country, awarded three million euros from the EU for the UnLOHCked green hydrogen project.

The international UnLOHCked project, led by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), will receive three million euros from the European Union over the next three years. The aim of the project is to enable the storage and transport of green hydrogen over long distances, with greater efficiency than at present and without CO2 emissions. The grant has been awarded within the "A Clean Planet for All" programme, the aim of which is to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers) technology is based on the use of organic compounds that can absorb and release hydrogen through chemical reactions. This enables hydrogen to be stored for long periods of time under ambient conditions. Transport is simpler, as the pipelines and ships to be used are the same as those currently in use. The hydrogen is also released quickly and efficiently.

The UPV/EHU research group will focus on developing systems to reduce or eliminate the necessary critical raw materials, or CRMs, which are currently used. Subsequently, the aim is to scale up production and apply the results obtained in a larger reactor. Two French research centres, CEA and CNRS; the North-West NWU University of South Africa; and the companies Heraeus, Framatome and Hygear are also participating in this project.

Source: El Correo

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