We have an Ammonia production system ready for commercialization, and an exclusive license to the patented technology on which it is based.
Our research paper, led by Dr. Meenesh R. Singh and his doctoral student Nishithan C. Kani, and collaborated on with others at UIC and beyond, was published on September 8, 2021 in the academic journal Energy and Environmental Science with the title “Solar-driven electrochemical synthesis of Ammonia using nitrate with 11% solar-to-fuel efficiency at ambient conditions“. This paper gives convincing evidence in support of our claim that we have discovered a highly active and selective catalyst that will enable cost-effective and efficient storage of surplus renewable electricity in the form of liquid Ammonia. It is with this conclusive paper in hand that we are now actively seeking funding to support the buildup of this technology.
In the video below, you will see the actual catalytic reaction being driven by solar energy in real time; demonstration begins at 4:10.
We are planning to demonstrate our prototype by Q4 2022. The reaction can be fed with post-secondary treated municipal wastewater which commonly contains Nitrates that would otherwise be discharged. Utilizing these nitrates to produce Ammonia will not only finish treating the water by removing or reducing the nitrates, but it is a highly energy-efficient reaction which will allow us to store renewable power at a high rate and in a form that is useable by every industry in the world, especially those which are difficult to electrify. Nitrates are a common pollutant in wastewater, and are a readily available “resource” that we can utilize for an immediately accessible market entry point for commercial scale-up. By entering the market in such an energy- and cost-efficient way, we aim to begin the adoption curve of Ammonia fuel and prime the market for the eventual total shift from fossil energy to sustainable energy.
Green Ammonia has enormous potential in the energy market sector as a stable and safe Hydrogen carrier. It can be produced from any primary energy source (e.g. wind, solar, nuclear, pumped hydro, ocean tidal, etc.); it has significant storage and delivery systems already in place; it is environmentally friendly, and therefore sustainable (no carbon emissions); and, with our proven technology, it can be cost-effective vs. gasoline, natural gas, batteries, biofuels, hydrogen, and others. It has demonstrated practical real-world application as a fuel (e.g. diesel engines, fuel cells, gas turbines, etc.), and is already used safely around the world with a hazard rating similar to gasoline. Our Ammonia will also be able to be produced domestically and in a distributed fashion, in such a way that we can meet the growing demand for renewable fuel.