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Liquid organic hydrogen carrier tanker


Technology Description

Liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs) can be transported using existing ships and port infrastructure. LOHC can be transported in chemical tankers, whose tanks are specially coated, for example, with phenolic epoxy, stainless steel or zinc paint, and may have dedicated piping arrangements to carry different cargoes. The type of coating may determine the chemical that can be transported. Product tankers, which are a type of oil tanker, carry refined oil and are often designed to carry chemical cargoes as well, and may be capable of transporting LOHCs. Chemical tankers typically range in size from 5 000 to 35 000 deadweight tonnage (dwt), while product tankers range in size from 35 000 to 120 000 dwt. Depending on the chemicals used as LOHCs, the type of tanker that can be used may differ and there may also be some size restrictions at ports due to safety.

Relevance for Net Zero

Liquid organic hydrogen carriers can be transported in existing chemical tankers.

Key Countries


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