The HySTOC project demonstrates the cost effective transport and storage of high purity hydrogen (ISO 14687:2-2012) to a commercially operated hydrogen refueling station (HRS) in Voikoski, Finland, using Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology in an unprecedented field test. The project addresses the whole distribution chain from centralized hydrogen loading, transportation up to the on-site release and usage.
HySTOC comprises 5 partners (including 2 SMEs, 1 industrial and 2 scientific partners) from 3 European countries (Finland, Germany, The Netherlands). The partners cover the whole value chain from basic research and testing (FAU & VTT) through core technology development (Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies and HyGear) to the end-user that will operate the LOHC-based hydrogen infrastructure (Woikoski).
The LOHC storage and release plants have been commissioned successfully at -23 degrees Celsius ambient temperature in Finland. This important project-milestone demonstrates the successful cooperation between its Finnish, Dutch and German partners.
The StorageBox delivered and commissioned at the Woikoski’s hydrogen production site in Kokkola can store around 22 kilograms of hydrogen per day, bound to approximately 480 litres of the carrier medium.
The Finnish research institute VTT in Espoo will be operating an according hydrogen release plant and testing the quality of the re-released hydrogen over a minimum period of six months. The released hydrogen is planned to fulfil strict purity demands to be applicable with fuel cell vehicles.
After the testing, the ReleaseBOX will be installed at its destination, a public hydrogen refueling station.
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779694. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.