Next Generation Technology Integration Platform for Low- and Zero-Carbon Ammonia Production and Utilization


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RTI International and its partners are developing a Technology Integration Platform (TIP) to demonstrate next-generation technologies for ammonia (NH3) production and utilization in a modular testbed as part of U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E’s REFUEL+IT program. The objective of this effort will be to demonstrate the use of NH3 for long duration energy storage, as a fuel, and a hydrogen (H2) carrier.  The TIP, which will be housed at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center’s operational hybrid wind and solar test site, will integrate several breakthrough technologies developed in the REFUEL program to demonstrate an advanced NH3 production process at a 1 metric ton per day scale that is responsive to variations in locational marginal pricing. In addition, the project will develop retrofit options for NH3 combustion in gas turbines and demonstrate the operation of a direct NH3-fed fuel cell. Finally, the project will also develop and demonstrate a novel NH3 cracking technology for H2 production for on-board applications. Validation testing in the TIP will enable technology developers to scale their processes and demonstrate them under realistic operating conditions, moving technologies from the lab towards commercial marketplace.

Sameer is presenting on behalf of a larger project team:

Casale SA (Ermanno Filippi, Michal Bialkowski, and Raffaele Ostuni)
University of Minnesota (Michael Reese, Alon McCormick, and Prodromos Daoutidis)
Nutrien (Blake Adair)
Shell International (Jitendra Gupta)
GE Research (Vitali Lissianski, Judy Guzzo)
University of Buffalo (Miao Yu)
Texas Tech University (Mahdi Malmali)
Pacifica (Bill Patz, Rod Gleysteen)
Chemtronergy LLC (Greg Tao)
Nel Hydrogen U.S. (Steve Szymanski)
OATI (Linda Stevens)