If green ammonia, whence urea? Stamicarbon’s Innovation Agenda

One of the most interesting unanswered questions surrounding green ammonia is this: what about urea?

Last month, a major announcement by Stamicarbon (“the world market leader in design, licensing and development of urea plants”) implies an answer: in the long-term context of climate change, urea as a fertilizer may simply need to be phased out.

Stamicarbon announced its new Innovation Agenda at the company’s “Future Day” event in Utrecht in April. Its Innovation Agenda covers three areas: speciality fertilizers, digitalization, and “Renewable production of fertilizer (using wind or solar energy to produce fertilizer).”

Read the full article at AmmoniaIndustry.com.

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Thomas Hager

Interesting article. The nitrogen fertilizer industry’s reliance on natural gas, urea production, and the accompanying CO2 pollution is overdue for an overhaul. But among the big items slowing this revolution are price considerations (poorer countries especially rely on cheap urea for ag production), stranded assets (the big producers have invested billions in fertilizer plants that would become obsolete), and a lack of political pressure (in the form of regulations requiring lower emissions).