Renewable Energy for Industry: IEA’s vision for green ammonia as feedstock, fuel, and energy trade

This morning in Beijing, China, the International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a major new report with a compelling vision for ammonia’s role as a “hydrogen-rich chemical” in a low-carbon economy.

Green ammonia would be used by industry “as feedstock, process agent, and fuel,” and its production from electrolytic hydrogen would spur the commercial deployment of “several terawatts” of new renewable power. These terawatts would be for industrial markets, additional to all prior estimates of renewable deployment required to serve electricity markets. At this scale, renewable ammonia would, by merit of its ease of storage and transport, enable renewable energy trading across continents.

The IEA’s report, Renewable Energy for Industry, will be highlighted later this month at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany, and is available now from the IEA’s website.

Besides direct renewable heat and electrification, hydrogen-rich chemicals that are easy to store and transport could serve as feedstock, process agents and fuels. They could be produced in areas with abundant and cheap resources, and shipped to consuming centers, opening the prospects to a new kind of international energy trade.

This Insights Paper examines emerging technology options, and reviews national and international policies that could foster their development and their deployment.
IEA Insight publication, Renewable Energy for Industry, 11/09/2017

This international trade, and its vast scale, has been the subject of previous articles about projects from Germany and Japan looking at exploiting Australian renewable energy resources.

Read the full article at AmmoniaIndustry.com.

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