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First-Of-Its-Kind Electriq Powder Manufacturing Plant To Be Built In Amsterdam

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the sub-heading.

The powder plant can provide a safe end-to-end hydrogen solution.

The home page of their web site has this bold statement.

Meet the Safe & Practical Hydrogen Powder

Underneath is this explanation.

Electriq is a hydrogen carrier that acts like coffee powder for a coffee machine – simplifying storage, transport, and use of hydrogen in off-grid applications and long-term storage.

Similar processes have been proposed for hydrogen in the past, but no-one has compared them to coffee before.

This Technology page gives a lot more details.

These two paragraphs outline the chemistry used.

Electriq’s Fuel and Release technologies turn hydrogen into a coffee-like powder form, then back into electricity through a proprietary catalyst and release system.

Our hydrogenation process reacts hydrogen gas with KBO2 to produce a powdery coffee-like compound (KBH4), ready for easy storage and transportation. Our dehydrogenation process releases the hydrogen – and KBO2 as a by-product – thus forming a full cycle.

The Electriq Release system uses a proprietary catalyst to release hydrogen from the Electriq Fuel, after mixing it with water. The dehydrogenation (release) process provides fuel-cell grade hydrogen and zero-emissions electricity.


  1. KBO2 is a chemical compound formed of one potassium, one boron and two oxygen atoms.
  2. KBH4 is a chemical compound formed of one potassium, one boron and four hydrogen atoms.
  3. As is with often the case with these processes, It appears that there may be a clever catalyst doing some hard work.

The Technology page finishes with a comparison with other methods of transporting hydrogen.

This Press & Insights page has more information on the company and some interesting videos.

It would certainly be something new, if you filled up your electric bike with a canister of dry powder.

But they have a video of that!


March 3, 2023 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Talking of hydrogen – I know you take a keen interest and I thought of you when I saw this …

    twitter account @TheEngineerUK seems right up-your-street…

    Comment by PJS | March 4, 2023 | Reply

    • Thanks! Do you still remember your first few real jobs?

      Mine included.

      Putting electronics on rolling machines.
      Instrument Engineer in a hydrogen plant.
      Decoding the output of a mass spec with a computer.

      ICI also gave me a Health and Safety training, that has served me well all my life!

      Comment by AnonW | March 4, 2023 | Reply

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