Fuelling the hydrogen economy: scale-up of an integrated formic acid-to-power system

Robbert van Putten, Tim Wissink, Tijn Swinkels, Evgeny A. Pidko (Corresponding author)

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Transitioning from fossil fuels to sustainable and green energy sources in mobile applications is a difficult challenge and demands sustained and highly multidisciplinary efforts in R&D. Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) offer several advantages over more conventional energy storage solutions, but have not been yet demonstrated at scale. Herein we describe the development of an integrated and compact 25 kW formic acid-to-power system by a team of BSc and MSc students. We highlight a number of key engineering challenges encountered during scale-up of the technology and discuss several aspects commonly overlooked by academic researchers. Conclusively, we provide a critical outlook and suggest a number of developmental areas currently inhibiting further implementation of the technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28533-28541
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number53
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Chemical process development
  • Dehydrogenation
  • Energy production
  • Formic acid
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrogen


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