Formate is the primary product of OCO’s Carbon FluX Electrolyzer™. Formates in their salt or acid form (i.e. formic acid) are naturally occurring molecules which have been made for over 100 million years by ants as a bactericide to preserve food.

Chemical Market Applications

Hydrogen Formate is used in a very wide variety of applications including:

  • Animal Feed and Silage Preservative
  • Rubber and Tire Production
  • Leather and Textile Dyeing and Finishing
  • Cleaning, Scouring, and Disinfectant Products
  • Drilling and Completion Fluids
  • Fertilizers for Agriculture
  • Corrosion-free De-icing
  • Meat and Fish Processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Hydrogen Donation for Biomass Reduction
  • End-Product and Intermediate Chemicals (e.g. Alkyl and Alkali Formates, Carboxylic Acids, Alcohols, Glycols)

Its wide usage reflects its unique versatility as the smallest, most energy and gravimetrically dense, donor of hydrogen.  

A Liquid Hydrogen Carrier 

In addition to its use as a platform chemical, formic acid is also a vector to store green energy in a stable energy-dense liquid hydrogen carrier form. “Green” molecular, or di-atomic, hydrogen is made renewably from water and green electricity but is very costly to store, move and dispense due to its low volumetric density and highly flammable nature. Making and moving green hydrogen atoms, instead, in a stable, non-flammable liquid chemical bonded form like formate can reduce green hydrogen distribution costs by 90%.