Powering the Green Ammonia revolution

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For over a century, ammonia has been produced industrially using the Haber-Bosch process. This industrial process generates on average around 2 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne of ammonia produced using current technology.

Prof Doug MacFarlane and Dr Alexandr Simonov and their research team from the School of Chemistry at Monash envisioned a future economy powered by carbon neutral ammonia. The team invented a method that uses an electrochemical process to produce ammonia by reducing nitrogen extracted from the air and combining it with hydrogen extracted from water, with power provided by renewable electricity.

Green Ammonia has the potential to play a key role in decarbonizing the energy sector as part of the shift to a hydrogen-based economy. It is considered a leading candidate to replace heavy fuel oil as part of the decarbonization of international shipping and provides a favorable carrier mechanism to transport “liquified” renewable energy between continents.

With seed funding from Roger Gillespie, John Clifford and Tenacious Ventures, a spin-out Jupiter Ionics has been formed to commercialise the new process for Green Ammonia and further scale-up to very large production facilities for export.

For further collaboration and information, please reach out to Jupiter Ionics.