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Fertilizer Companies Are Betting on Ammonia as a Low-Carbon Fuel

Phred Dvorak writes in The Wall Street Journal about fertilizer companies that are betting on low-carbon ammonia.

The C3 Take
  • Ammonia, which is made from hydrogen and nitrogen, is increasingly being viewed as a piece of the clean energy puzzle.
  • The main problem with ammonia, however, is that the hydrogen that is used to make it is sourced from fossil fuels and leads to CO2 emissions.
  • One company that is embracing ammonia is CF Industries, which is retrofitting its ammonia facilities with carbon capture to lower emissions from production.

“CF’s executives decided to capitalize on that potential clean-energy demand and lean a bit less on fertilizer. One advantage for CF is that it can convert its ammonia to a low-carbon variety relatively cheaply, since the company already captures much of the CO2 generated. It just has to sequester that carbon dioxide instead of venting it to the atmosphere, as it does now.”

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