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Ammonia - the green energy carrier of the future

In this webinar Vidar Remi Jensen from the Department of Che,istry, UiB, will give an overview of the possibilities and challenges of electricity-based ammonia production. He will also present and discuss our plans and strategies for achieving such a process as well as some early results on how to overcome the key challenge: identifying efficient catalysts. 

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Vidar Remi Jensen, Professor, from the Department of Chemistry, UiB will give an presentation about ammonia - the energy carrier of the future. 

 

Abstract

To meet the United Nations’ climate targets, the contribution from renewable energy and low-carbon solutions to the world’s energy mix must increase drastically. Much of this increase will come from solar and wind power, and fair amounts of this electricity will be produced far from densely populated and industrialized areas. Making this massive and largely remotely-produced energy resource accessible at times and locations where it is highest in demand, defines a strong drive for reliable, efficient and safe technology for converting, storing and transporting green energy commodities. Part of this technology will be based on hydrogen. However, due to the hazards of hydrogen, its low energy density, and the costs of compressing and liquifying hydrogen, ammonia emerges as an attractive carbon-free energy vector. The main challenge to realizing ammonia’s potential is to replace its current high-temperature, high-pressure, and CO2-emitting Haber-Bosch production process with a more benign process based on renewable electricity (Fig. 1). 

At the Department of Chemistry, UiB, we have recently started to investigate alternatives to the more than 100-years old and unsustainable Haber-Bosch process. In particular, we are aiming to develop ammonia processes that simply use nitrogen (N2) and water as starting materials, and electrical energy as the driving force. Key to minimizing this energy input and speeding up the process are catalysts. 

In this webinar we will give an overview of the possibilities and challenges of electricity-based ammonia production. We will also present and discuss our plans and strategies for achieving such a process as well as some early results on how to overcome the key challenge: identifying efficient catalysts. 

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