Scientists have found an environmentally friendly way to produce ammonia, which also allows it to be used for storing and transporting energy.
Chemists have developed a technology for the green production of ammonia
Ammonia is an essential chemical for agriculture, accounting for 80% of its consumption. Its use can increase the productivity of food crops. four times. However, the modern industrial production of NH3 according to the Haber-Bosch method requires significant consumption of thermal energy, hence fossil fuels, and is associated with a significant release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere..
Environmentalists estimate that ammonia production today accounts for 2% of global energy consumption and 1% of CO2 emissions..
Now, chemical engineers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new technology for its production, which allows it to be produced near the point of consumption without polluting the atmosphere. Their method is based on the use of atmospheric pressure plasma generated inside water bubbles.
This method is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In addition to the production of fertilizers, such ammonia can be used for temporary storage of hydrogen fuel or an independent source of energy..
We also previously reported that scientists were able to convert natural gas into a non-explosive solid that is easy to store..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: FertilizerDaily