HySiLabs introduces Hydrogen Stored as Liquids Solutions

Hydrogen has been recognised as the best alternative available for fuelling the transport and mobility sectors. However, a technological challenge remains unsolved to date: hydrogen is a highly volatile gas, therefore difficult to transport and store when compared to hydrocarbons. The conventional solutions used by historical players are either high pressure (mostly 200 bars) or liquefied at deep cryogenic temperature (below -253°C). These are problematic solutions not only for handling, but also due to regulatory (safety) issues. This makes them inadequate and costly, therefore unsuitable for the deployment of an efficient supply chain for hydrogen. As a result, there is currently a lack of safe and cost effective solutions for transportation and storage of large quantities of hydrogen.

Summarising, these are the main pain-points affecting hydrogen storage and delivery:

  • At ambient temperature hydrogen is a highly volatile gas, therefore difficult to handle.

  • Hydrogen transport is poorly efficient due to its low density per volume.

  • Hydrogen is flammable and highly explosive, therefore subjected to stringent regulations.

  • With high pressure solutions, transport and storage represent more than 60% of H2 final cost.

  • The existing hydrogen carrier alternatives are carbon-based or toxic.

Hydrogen carrier alternatives
Hydrogen carrier alternatives
Hydrogen gas
Hydrogen gas
Hydrogen transport
Hydrogen transport
Restriction
Restriction
Transport represent 60%
Transport represent 60%
 

At HySiLabs we have developed a molecule called HydroSil, a disruptive solution to solve the problem of hydrogen transport and storage. This innovative liquid carrier bypasses the existing logistic constraints for hydrogen, being the first solution that tackles all the main pain-points of hydrogen delivery and storage:

  • HydroSil is liquid, having the same logistics as conventional fuels (existing trucks and tanks can be used).

  • HydroSil has a high density per volume: one truck of HydroSil transports up to 7 times more hydrogen than one truck of high pressure hydrogen gas.

  • HydroSil is non-flammable and non-explosive, therefore facing no specific restrictions for storage or transport. Stable at atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature, HydroSil can be stored for several months.

  • The molecule used (a silicon hydride) is safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

  • HydroSil is cheaper than any other existing solution for hydrogen transport and storage.

 

Setting a target of 10 million tonnes of domestic renewable hydrogen production and 10 million tonnes of imports by 2030, to replace natural gas, coal and oil in hard-to-decarbonise industries and transport sectors. To accelerate the hydrogen market increased sub-targets for specific sectors would need to be agreed by the co-legislators. The Commission is also publishing two Delegated Acts on the definition and production of renewable hydrogen to ensure that production leads to net decarbonisation. To accelerate hydrogen projects, additional funding of €200 million is set aside for research, and the Commission commits to complete the assessment of the first Important Projects of Common European Interest by the summer.

The green transformation will strengthen economic growth, security, and climate action for Europe. Energy savings are the quickest and cheapest way to address the current energy crisis, and reduce bills.

HydroSil
HydroSil
High density
High density
Existing infrastructure
Existing infrastructure
No restriction
No restriction
Environmentally friendly
Environmentally friendly
HydroSil is cheaper
HydroSil is cheaper
 

By 2030

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Tons/year of renewable, low-carbon hydrogen to supply French industrial uses.

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Billion euros to develop a competitive renewable and low-carbon hydrogen industry and all the technologies required for its use.

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Hydrogen stations will be deployed.

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Light vehicles.

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Heavy duty vehicles.

Boats, with an anticipated deployment in the public transport sector (buses and trains - up to 250 trains), cab fleets and commercial vehicles.