China’s LONGi Green Energy Technology or Xi’an Longi Silicon Materials Corporation (World largest solar company) is to enter the Hydrogen Market. The Longi Green that manufactures solar panels, wafers and solar cells. Today several such solar companies are entering the hydrogen market. This is mainly because hydrogen is a carbon-free fuel that can be produced by electrolysis of water and then stored and transported and used in every possible machinery such as cars to electrical generators to steel mills.
About Longi Green
Longi Green was founded in the year 2000. The headquarters located in Xi’an, China. Longi Green has plants in India, Malaysia and China. In the year 2019, Longi Green brought 300 Mega Watt monocrystalline PV products to India.
India’s Hydrogen Market
The Hydrogen market in India is valued at $50 million. It is projected to reach $81 million by 2025. In India, the major end use of hydrogen is in petroleum refining industry. Here, hydrogen is used to refine crude oil.
Though India is moving towards clean fuel, the high transportation and high storage cost is hampering the growth of hydrogen market in the country. However, the emerging liquid organic hydrogen carrier technologies will make storage and transportation of hydrogen easier.
Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers
They are organic compounds that can absorb and release hydrogen through chemical reactions. Thus, Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers are ideal for hydrogen storage and transportation.
In the year 2020, Japan built the first international hydrogen supply chain in the world using Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers. It was built between Brunei and Kawasaki city using toluene based LOHC technology.
Working of LOHC
The dehydrated form of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers reacts with hydrogen in a hydrogenation reaction. The end product thus formed can be stored or transported under ambient conditions. Whenever hydrogen is needed the hydrogen rich form of LOHC is dehydrogenated.
Hydrogenation is an exothermic reaction and dehydrogenation is endothermic reaction.
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