Arzberg, May 2016

Cooperation: AREVA, Biazzi and Clariant further develop hydrogen storage technology

To harness the energy potential from hydrogen, three companies - - AREVA, Biazzi and Clariant - - have developed a novel hydrogen storage technology. Based on liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), a well-established and proven technology in the chemical industry, several advantages are realized in comparison to traditional, high-pressure tanks for hydrogen storage. Namely, there is no pressure to be kept constant, the safety is enhanced and the liquid can be transported more easily.

The collaboration between the companies is focused on making this system modular, with self-contained units that can be placed for example at industrial facilities for back-up power generation or to stabilize renewable energy production by storage technologies. One cubic meter of LOHC can absorb hydrogen with an energy content of up to 2000 kilowatt hours. By comparison, the same volume of hydrogen stored in a high-pressure (40 barg) tank has an energy content of about 130 kilowatt hours.

AREVA acts as the system integrator. The builder of nuclear and renewable energy production facilities has been working on storage technologies for years. Biazzi is a Swiss company that develops technologies and processes for the chemical industry and engineers and constructs chemical facilities worldwide. And, Clariant is providing catalysts for the process to fuel and defuel hydrogen. These components are the key element of the facility.

The first facility is being tested within the German pilot project "Smart Grid Solar" in the Bavarian town of Arzberg. Here, several storage technologies are being tested to balance the supply of a solar park relative to the local energy supply system. AREVA is involved in the project and has delivered an electrolyser to produce hydrogen as well as a fuel cell procured by Proton Motors to produce electricity again.

Hydrogen, typically derived from renewable energy sources, is the starting point for the process. Through hydrogenation hydrogen is added to the LOHC-liquid. LOHC combines with the hydrogen molecule and suspends it safely in the liquid. Through another step, dehydrogenation, the hydrogen can be removed from the liquid and the liquid reused over-and-over. The hydrogen can be used either in industrial processes, for mobility or to generate electricity. While being stored in the LOHC liquid, the hydrogen can easily be stored in tanks or even be transported from one site to another by tank vehicles or pipelines. Therefore, this method has the potential to offer broad opportunities for seasonal balancing of energy supply as well as for providing energy over long distances.

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January 2016

BIAZZI S.A. - a power in its markets since 1936 !

BIAZZI was founded in 1936 and is still one of the most in demand enterprises for explosives, hydrogenation and nitration. A significant birthday to be proud of. It proves that high-quality engineering and excellent customer care are sought after all over the world.

Looking at our achievements, we have repeatedly implemented ground-breaking innovations. Over the years we have built nearly 400 industrial units. These are an essential element of our reputation reaffirmed by our employees day after day.

80 years is quite an age and we are looking at the future with enthusiasm.


July 2014

Wanhua Chemical Group Co.,Ltd. chooses BIAZZI as technology supplier for its new world-scale TDI plant in Yantai

Based on its experience at Wanhua-BorsodChem in Hungary, Wanhua has chosen BIAZZI as technology supplier for its new world-scale TDI plant in Yantai. BIAZZI will supply technology and key-equipment for a 360.000 MTPY DNT plant as well as for the corresponding hydrogenation plant, yielding 240.000 MTPY crude TDA.


April 2014

The 'CAMA-GSC' Machine

BIAZZI SA has completed its range of packaging machines for gelatinous explosives with the introduction of the CAMA-GSC, capable of packing explosives into waxed paper shells. The new design is based on the well known Niepmann Rollex, whose design and technology dates back to the early 1970s. BIAZZI's new CAMA-GSC preserves the proven and trusted kinematics of its predecessor but realizes it using the latest technological capabilities. The result is a machine that features a fast change of cartridge caliber and length, remote supervision as well as easy maintenance.

Our family of gelatinous explosive cartridging machines now consists of the new CAMA-GSC for smaller diameters in waxed papers and the already known CAMA-GLC for larger diameters in plastic foils. Both machines perfectly interface with BIAZZI's program of auxiliary machinery such as: bowl tilting, conveying, metal detecting, loaves extruding, cartridge weighing, printing, etc.

For further enquiries please contact us at cw@biazzi.com


March 2014

BIAZZI SORBITOL TECHNOLOGY IN VIETNAM

Early 2014 BIAZZI could sign a contract for a 30.000 MTPY Sorbitol unit in Vietnam. The plant will use the unique high performance BIAZZI-Sorbitol-Technology. The project is under construction and will be started up in Q3/2015.


February 2014

BIAZZI IN THE USA

BIAZZI has now four representatives in the USA; one in the area of Midwest, one in North East, one in South West and one in South East. The agents are acting on behalf of BIAZZI and are present as partners for the industry BIAZZI targets. The representatives are present in the following geographic areas: Delaware, Washington, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina.

We are convinced that with this local presence we will be able to serve our clients in a more efficient more individual and overall in the most efficient way.


January 2014

STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY

BIAZZI signed a contract in late 2013 with one of the major producers in the US-chemical market for a multipurpose hydrogenation unit being currently executed in the state of Texas. The BIAZZI High Performance Reactor Technology was tested in the laboratory and showed a three times higher efficiency compared to other high performance reactor systems. This unit is the first of a series of units BIAZZI is going to build in the near future in the USA. The unit is planned to be started up in Q2/2015.