Small Scale Ammonia Synthesis Using Stranded Wind Energy

The University of Minnesota is leading a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Proton OnSite to develop a small-scale ammonia synthesis system using water and air, powered by wind energy. Instead of developing a new catalyst, this team aims to increase process efficiency by absorbing ammonia at modest pressures as soon as it is formed. 

A technoeconomic model of the process will also be developed to aid commercialization of this exciting technology.

Principal investigators on this project include Dr. Alon McCormick and Dr. Ed Cussler, Department of Chemical and Material Science at the University of Minnesota.  ​Additional team members include Dr. Michael Resch and Dr. Mary Biddy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and ​Dr. Kathy Ayers, Proton OnSite.

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For further information on the project, please contact WCROC Renewable Energy Director Michael Reese at or 320-589-1711 ext. 2151, or Michael Resch at the NREL.