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.
- Project Fact Sheet
- Project Description
- Transforming Ammonia Production for the Future Using stranded wind energy to store ammonia for fertilizer, as energy for the farm, and as energy for the electrical grid.
- Ammonia: Critical to Sustainable Global Prosperity Challenges and opportunities in ammonia production.
- Efficient, Low Pressure Ammonia Production Using Stable Absorbents (from the U of MN Office for Technology Commercialization)
- Resources related to the mini-Haber-Bosch and Absorbent-enhanced Haber-Bosch efforts.