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COP27: Egyptian production projects

This week we explore three ammonia production announcements from Egypt at COP27. The “Egypt Green” integrated hydrogen plant has been commissioned in Ain Sokhna, and will shortly begin supplying renewable hydrogen to two nearby ammonia plants. AMEA Power has agreed to develop an 800,000 tonnes per year ammonia production project (also in Ain Sokhna), and Fortescue Future Industries will explore the feasibility of multiple renewable projects across the country.

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Keppel Infrastructure, Greenko to explore ammonia production in India

The pair will explore a new, 250,000-tonnes-per-year renewable ammonia production facility in India, powered by 1.3 GW of solar, wind and pumped hydro generating capacity. The ammonia will be used for “demand for low carbon energy” in India and Singapore, and also as bunker fuel. In related news, Indian energy major Jakson Green has announced it will build a $2.8 billion, 365,000 tonnes per year renewable ammonia production plant in Kota, northern India.

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Progress on renewable conversion project in Australia

Fortescue Future Industries and Incitec Pivot will progress plans to convert the Gibson Island ammonia production facility to run on renewable hydrogen feedstock. A grant from Australian government body ARENA will help FEED work begin immediately, with FID expected around 2025. We also explore more renewable project updates from Peru and Chile.

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Renewable ammonia: key projects & technologies in the emerging market

For the latest episode of Ammonia Project Features, we explored the ongoing renewable ammonia project in Puertollano, Spain. Marc van Doorn (Grupo Fertiberia) and Imanol Arrizabalaga Prado (Nel ASA) discussed progress to date and technologies used at the first large-scale, electrolysis-based hydrogen facility in Europe, which is operated by renewable energy developer Iberdrola. We also considered what other pioneering projects are on the horizon, and how can electrolyzer manufacturers like Nel scale-up to meet growing demand?

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Large-scale, innovative alkaline water electrolysis

Industrial Hydrogen is used for many processes such as fertilizer production. However, 95% of the hydrogen used for these processes comes from fossil fuels. Globally, the ammonia industry emits ~400million tonnes CO2, which is ~2% of the total carbon emission. Next Hydrogen solutions from green energy can dramatically lower your carbon footprint, enhance reliability of supply and be justified on an economic basis. Founded in 2007 and based in Toronto, Next Hydrogen is a designer and manufacturer of water electrolysers. Next Hydrogen’s unique cell design architecture supported by 39 patents enables high current density operations and superior dynamic response to…

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Low-carbon ammonia at LSB Industries

LSB Industries is the fifth largest ammonia producer in the US and operates three manufacturing facilities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alabama. This year, the company announced its sustainability priorities and two major projects designed to reduce the carbon intensity of its ammonia production. The projects will reduce the companies carbon footprint by over 25% and consist of the construction of a carbon capture and sequestration facility to permanently sequester 450k metric tons of CO2 annually and the retrofitting of an ammonia plant to handle clean hydrogen from eletrolysis which will turn ~15% of the plant production into zero-carbon ammonia. Details…

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Demonstration project for a green chemical plant using large-scale alkaline water electrolysis

To achieve the carbon neutrality target set to be accomplished by 2050, hydrogen will play an important role in many sectors such as power, transportation, and industrial applications. Especially in the chemicals and fertilizers sectors, green ammonia, made by utilizing renewable energy as a feed stock, is expected to be materialized, and is also being considered as a hydrogen carrier with the advantage of easier transportation and handling than the hydrogen itself. Hence, in the near future, green chemical production facilities which are fed with hydrogen produced through the use of renewable energy will be installed instead of the conventional…

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Making net-zero ammonia possible: new transition strategy for the industry

Mission Possible Partnership has launched a new transition strategy for the global ammonia sector. Endorsed by a series of key ammonia energy players from across the supply chain, Making net-zero ammonia possible sets out a series of levers, mechanisms and priorities for the coming decade to ensure the ammonia sector achieves a 50% emissions reduction target by the mid 2030s, before almost fully decarbonising by 2050.

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New hydrogen regulations in Europe

The European Parliament has recently voted on key changes to the Renewable Energy Directive II. The changes include new renewable fuel targets for industry, scrapping the “additionality” clause, and easing temporal & geographical restrictions on electricity PPAs for hydrogen production. A new, €3 billion Hydrogen Bank has also been announced in a bid to close the investment gap in Europe.

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Pilbara renewable ammonia project reaches key milestones

ENGIE has successfully reached a final investment decision on Project Yuri. The collaboration with Yara will see renewable hydrogen feedstock produced next door to Yara’s existing ammonia & fertiliser production facility in Karratha, Western Australia, with construction to commence this year, and production of renewable hydrogen to begin in 2024.

In further developments, Yuri has new stakeholders, with Mitsui & Co. securing a 28% interest stake in Yuri, and Technip Energy being selected to lead EPCC works. And in certification news, the Smart Energy Council also announced it has granted pre-certification for renewable hydrogen & ammonia production from Project Yuri, under the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.