Successful finalization of the LOReley project

LOHC dehydrogenation utilizing laserstructured catalytically activated plates
Photo: Fraunhofer HHI & FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

The Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRT) was involved in the LOReley project that set a significant milestone in hydrogen technology by pioneering new methods for hydrogen release from liquid organic hydrogen carriers LOHC through an innovative plate-based reactor concept.

By using femtosecond lasers on aluminum plates, a porous surface is created that serves as a catalyst support. Since the catalyst is directly bonded to the heat exchange surface, this technique allows for faster and more effective hydrogen release, which is crucial for the energy transition. Additionally, this new approach reduces the risk of catalyst abrasion, enhancing the reactor’s durability and the process’s robustness. With this development, the LOReley project sets a significant milestone in hydrogen technology