January 2020

Special Focus: Sustainability

Can ammonia be a future energy storage solution?

Ammonia is well known as a fertilizer. However, it is also a potential carbon-free fuel and an excellent solution for storage of renewable electricity, especially if the syngas needed for producing the ammonia is made by electrolysis.

Ammonia is well known as a fertilizer. However, it is also a potential carbon-free fuel and an excellent solution for storage of renewable electricity, especially if the syngas needed for producing the ammonia is made by electrolysis. The basic idea is that low-value electricity—produced by wind turbines or solar panels during surplus periods—is stored efficiently as a high-value chemical (i.e., ammonia). In turn, that chemical may be used as fuel or converted back to electricity when demand for power is high. This is a highly efficient step to possibly expand power production from wind and solar, as well as to secure the best possible storage of energy. The authors’ company is leading a d

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