Decoupling High-Density Hydrogen from the Liquid Hydrogen Infrastructure: Catalyst-Filled Heat Exchangers for Modular Cryo-Compressors

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San Francisco, California
Project Term:
08/22/2022 - 08/21/2024

Technology Description:

Verne is developing a cryo-compressor technology platform that will convert gaseous hydrogen (GH2) at low pressures (e.g., 20 bar) and ambient temperature (e.g., 300K) to cryo-compressed hydrogen (CcH2) at 60–80K and 300–500 bar. CcH2 is thermodynamically optimal for high-density, low-cost storage in achieving an economical hydrogen infrastructure. This platform will provide hydrogen with liquid-like densities using half the energy intensity and at smaller scales relative to liquefaction. If successful, this work will validate cryocompressors as a way to decentralize high-density hydrogen and accelerate deployment and utilization of electrolysis and the broader hydrogen infrastructure of the U.S. and globally.


ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Peter de Bock
Project Contact:
David Jaramillo
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