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How Ammonia Could Help the World Transition to Clean Energy

Aaron Larson of Power writes on how ammonia could help the world transition to clean energy.

The C3 Take
  • While hydrogen is being viewed by many as a fuel for the clean energy future, it is hard and inefficient to transport.
  • Ammonia, which is comprised of nitrogen and hydrogen, could solve this problem.
  •  Ammonia is able to liquified and easily transported, something that fertilizer companies have been doing for years.
  • After its transported the ammonia can be burned or turned back into hydrogen fuel.

“Mayer said the advantage ammonia offers over hydrogen is that it is a liquid at moderately low temperatures and can be stored as liquid under relatively low pressure, similar to how liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is stored. Concerning how the ammonia is used, Mayer said there are two possible ways: ammonia can be burned directly or it can be ‘cracked,’ that is, decomposed over a catalyst, back to hydrogen.”

Read the full article here.

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