New funding to unlock power of ammonia

Cardiff University scientists are making strides towards the large-scale generation of electricity from ammonia thanks to new funding.

The team based in the School of Engineering has secured almost £3m in funding both here in the UK and across Europe to enable them to accelerate the ground-breaking technology that they have already demonstrated on a small scale.

Ammonia, a compound commonly used as a fertilizer, has recently shown much promise as a fuel as it can be burnt in an engine or used in a fuel cell to produce electricity.

Indeed, a recent report from the Royal Society stated that ammonia “could form the basis of a new, integrated worldwide renewable energy storage and distribution solution.”

This is because ammonia does not produce carbon dioxide when it is burned, can be created using energy from renewable sources and can easily be stored as a bulk liquid.

The research team, led by Dr Agustin Valera-Medina and with seed funding from FLEXIS, is leading the way in terms of using ammonia as a source of carbon-free energy, having already created the world’s first demonstrator in which ammonia is created from renewable electricity, stored in a tank, and then used to generate even more electricity.

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