Green ammonia and H2 now cheaper

Hydrofuel license for Georgia Tech’s Micro Ammonia Production System (MAPS) to be combined with its Kontak Hydrogen from Ammonia Separation Modules

Our mission to deliver green hydrogen from ammonia to end users with lower life cycle costs and pollution than any other fuel is now within our reach”

— Greg Vézina, President and CEO of Hydrofuel Canada

Hydrofuel Canada Inc. (“Hydrofuel”), a company committed to delivering green ammonia and hydrogen along the last mile to its customers, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) ) for their patent-pending MAPS system that enables high-yield, sustainable ammonia synthesis from air and water with unprecedented efficiency using a gas-phase electrochemical process.

Source: Nazemi, M. and El-Sayed, MA, 2021. Management of the nitrogen cycle via plasmonic electrocatalysis (photo): towards a circular economy. Accounts of Chemical Research, 54(23), pp.4294-4304.

The use of MAPS technology with renewable energy to produce cost-effective green ammonia is a major development. Using this ammonia with technology from Kontak, which Hydrofuel previously acquired, is a game-changer.

Combined, these technologies allow Hydrofuel to produce green NH3 using electricity at $0.02/kWh for as little as $220 per tonne, while fossil fuel-derived NH3 currently sells for between 1,500 and 2 $000 per ton.

Gas phase electrochemical cell for nitrogen

Figures Schematic of the gas-phase electrochemical cell (pictured) for nitrogen fixation using hybrid plasmonic nanocages. (top center) In this configuration, the catalyst materials are painted on both sides of the membrane surface, as shown in the top right image.

Green hydrogen can be separated from this ammonia to sell for around $1.50 per kg, compared to traditional green H2 which sells for up to $15 per kg. Even at $0.08/kWh, producing green ammonia and releasing hydrogen from it will cost less than any hydrocarbon.

MAPS ammonia production technology uses hollow hybrid plasmonic nanocages to create a highly efficient electrocatalyst for the synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen (N2) and electrolyzed water (H2O) at ambient temperature and pressure in the system in gaseous and liquid phase.

Hydrogen and green ammonia

Hydrogen and ammonia made from electricity at $0.02 to $0.10 kWh, with costs equivalent to gasoline and diesel.

Storing hydrogen energy in ammonia is more efficient than pure hydrogen because it does not leak through the walls of containers and pipelines. The atomic weight of the fuel makes it a perfect hydrogen carrier for commuters, eVTOLs, drones, and regular air travel, as well as marine, haul truck, agricultural, industrial, and power generation uses .

MAPS technology can decentralize ammonia and hydrogen production while consuming much less energy than current methods, enabling local or on-site production with renewable electricity sources and long-term energy storage .

Hydrofuel and MAP co-inventor Reza Nazemi is negotiating an agreement with Colorado State University to finalize commercial application and demonstration of MAPS technology, beginning in July 2022.

Benefits/Advantages of MAP technology

  • Simplified process: allows the production of ammonia via a gas phase system with few or no additional steps for separation and purification
  • Reduced carbon footprint: enables decentralized production so farmers can make their own fertilizer on site, eliminating the need to transport it
  • Long-term energy storage: Renewable energy stored in the form of liquid ammonia containing hydrogen that can easily be transported and delivered to end users for various applications in the energy and transportation industries (e.g. electricity , combined heating)

Kontak’s technology can efficiently release hydrogen from a dozen potential carrier molecules identified so far. Among the carriers, the highest storage capacity is anhydrous ammonia, with (17.3% hydrogen by weight) stored in liquid form such as propane.

Kontak’s patented reactor is the most efficient method to release hydrogen to date. The hydrogen is filtered and sent directly to a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine. The technology was developed under a grant from the National Science Foundation. The hydrogen release module is USPTO #10,207,241B2 with patents pending in multiple countries.

Kontak also has patents pending on a low-cost modular hydrogen, ammonia and battery combination power station technology that can store up to three times the energy of conventional systems.

Hydrofuel’s Ammonia Solutions© multi-fuel engine retrofit systems will be used for a combination of low-emission diesel and ammonia, and zero-emission oxygen-assisted NH3 fuel.

TFX International SPECIALIZED VEHICLE TRANSPORT, based in Toronto, Ontario, will supply two diesel generators and transport trucks that will be converted to use ammonia/hydrogen Hydrofuel® over three years, starting in 2023.

Ammonia for a cleaner and greener energy future with Greg Vézina | Eggs! The podcast, August 26, 2021

About Hydrofuel Canada Inc. :
Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Hydrofuel Canada Inc. is focused on providing customers with low-cost, last-mile green ammonia and hydrogen solutions. Hydrofuel’s proprietary technologies include modular refueling stations for hydrogen and electric vehicle charging, MAPS technology for low-volume, low-cost production of green ammonia, and a hydrogen separation module for highly efficient separation of hydrogen from ammonia. Hydrofuel has over 40 years of experience in ammonia power technologies and fuel systems. Hydrofuel®™ and Ammonia Solutions© are registered trademarks and protected by copyright.