Hydrofuel Canada gets Green Ammonia, Hydrogen Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

Highlights :

  • The MAPS system enables high-yield, sustainable ammonia synthesis from air and water.
  • Hydrofuel Canada says that the cost of green ammonia can be one-tenth of what it’s presently produced through fossil fuels.

Hydrofuel Canada has signed a license agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology for their MAPS system which enables high-yield, sustainable ammonia synthesis from air and water. The technology has unprecedented efficiency which uses a gas-phase electrochemical process.

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Hydrofuel Canada is engaged in delivering green ammonia and hydrogen along the last mile to its customers. Hydrofuel calls it a major development and using that ammonia with Kontak’s technology, which Hydrofuel has previously acquired, is a game changer.

The official statement of the Hydrofuel says that these technologies allow Hydrofuel to produce Green Ammonia using $.02/kWh electricity for as low as $220 a tonne.  Ammonia derived through fossil-fuel sells at $1,500 to $2,000 a tonne.

Hydofuel Canada also holds that Green Hydrogen can be separated out from this ammonia to sell at mere $1.50 a kg, compared to traditional green hydrogen which sells for up to $15 a kg. It says that even at $.08/kWh the production of green Ammonia and releasing Hydrogen from it will be lower cost than any hydrocarbon fuel.

The MAPS ammonia production technology uses hollow hybrid plasmonic nanocages to create a highly effective electrocatalyst for ammonia synthesis from nitrogen and electrolyzed water under ambient temperatures and pressure in the gas- and liquid-phase system.

Ammonia is a significant energy carrier and is an essential ingredient in fertilizer production. Georgia Tech researchers have developed a sustainable and environmentally friendly production method that enables a high ammonia yield rate with unprecedented energy efficiency.

Ammonia( NH3) is a promising and environmentally friendly fuel source because it is carbon free; it contains 1.5 times more hydrogen than liquid hydrogen (H2). It can reduce global GHG emissions substantially by displacing fossil fuels.

Storing hydrogen energy in ammonia is more efficient than pure hydrogen as it doesn’t leak through the walls of containers and pipelines. The atomic weight of the fuel makes it a perfect carrier of hydrogen for commuter, eVTOL, drone, and regular aircraft travel, as well as for marine, transport truck, agricultural and industrial and power generation uses.

Hydrofuel Canada says that the MAPS technology can decentralize the production of ammonia and hydrogen while it consumes significantly less energy than current methods, permitting local or on-site production with renewable electricity sources and long-term energy storage. Hydrofuel Canda and MAPs co-inventor Reza Nazemi are negotiating an agreement with Colorado State University to complete a commercial application and demonstration of the MAPS technology, commencing in July, 2022.

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