The technology group The Linde Group is developing an innovative process for the sustainable production of hydrogen from biogenic raw materials. Hydromotive GmbH, a subsidiary of The Linde Group, is to build a demonstration plant from mid-2009 at the chemical site in Leuna, Germany, which will produce hydrogen from glycerine.

"Promising opportunities for the sustainable cost-effective production of hydrogen are presented by the use of biogenic raw materials," said Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "With this innovative patented process, we have taken yet another step towards low-emission energy supply using hydrogen."
The plant, which will reprocess pyrolyse and reform raw glycerine and will come on stream in mid-2010, will produce a hydrogen-rich gas, which will be fed into the existing Leuna II hydrogen plant for the purification and liquefaction of the hydrogen. As a result of its high hydrogen content, raw glycerine, which arises in the course of biodiesel manufacture, is particularly suited for the production of hydrogen.