FuelPositive's Onsite, Containerized Green Ammonia Production System
Our onsite, containerized Green Ammonia production system disrupts the traditional ammonia industry.
Our system requires less energy to produce compared to grey ammonia. That reduced energy requirement is a game-changer, keeping operating costs down. FuelPositive’s Green Ammonia offers all of the utility of ammonia without the pollution from its production – at an affordable and steady price.
And because our system can produce Green Ammonia in situ, or on site where it is used, no long-distance distribution system or supply chain is required. For our customers, this results in a steady price and reliable supply.
Our production system takes air, water and a sustainable electricity source to produce Green Anhydrous Ammonia. The system comprises a nitrogen generator to produce nitrogen from air, a water electrolyzer to produce hydrogen from water, and a novel synthesis convertor to produce Green Ammonia from the hydrogen and nitrogen. Our provisional patent is for the Green Ammonia synthesis convertor technology.
Our first full-sized demonstration system is currently being built in our manufacturing facility in Waterloo, Ontario. The systems fit within three 20-foot containers, so that our modular and scalable systems can be easily transported. Our first system will produce up to 300 kilograms of green ammonia per day – enough to fertilize and power farms ranging in size from hundreds to thousands of acres. Each unit is being built to withstand the harsh Canadian climate with cold winters, flooding in spring, and hot summers – a manufacturing process we call “climatizing”.
Two additional systems are concurrently being built for demonstration pilot projects that are under development.
Ease of Use
Our system has been designed to make its operation simple, despite its advanced technology. Customers will receive onsite training, but there will be little for them to do, because we’ve designed the system to be remotely monitored. FuelPositive can monitor it, optimize it and maintain it from our location and use our machine learning and AI software to keep things running smoothly.
We expect the lifecycle of our systems will be several decades, with periodic upgrades. For instance, we expect to do a first catalyst upgrade at the 15-year mark. Downtime for upgrading a component will be minimal because, unlike a large refinery, our system can be started and stopped quickly.
And we’ll be continually advancing the technology, so, due to its modular design and remote connectivity, each customer will be able to take advantage of new technologies as they become available.
With our novel converter design we can also vary the rate of output of our system in real-time to respond to the variable input of many renewable energy sources.
We’ve worked hard to engineer and build a technological solution that works away in the background while dramatically improving the global environment and outcomes for our end users.
- 300 kg/day (100 tonnes/year) of green anhydrous ammonia
- 476 kg/day of water
- Customer to supply sustainable grid source of electricity or an off-grid option (approximately 1-megawatt solar array, with supplementary storage, would power the system completely off-grid)
- Operating costs expected to be around $560/tonne as announced in November 2021, depending on electricity costs
What do we mean by sustainable electricity?
Will there be enough clean electricity?
Forecasts for the clean electricity market are strong as countries around the world are increasingly aggressive about meeting their international greenhouse gas reduction commitments. In Canada (which is by no means a global leader), over 85% of electricity in B.C., Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador and the Yukon is hydroelectric. Renewables are already a way of life and the price is continually dropping.
According to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): “The trend is not only one of renewables competing with fossil fuels, but significantly undercutting them, when new electricity generation capacity is required.”
In fact, Canada today has enough off-peak green electricity to provide non-polluting, Green Ammonia to fuel 63% of all the passenger cars, light trucks, passenger aviation, buses, light rail, motorcycles, freight trucking, freight aviation, rail, marine and other sector vehicles in the country (based on 2019 data).
But even more exciting, Canada has enough off-peak green electricity to provide Green Ammonia to fuel 100% of the needs of passenger and freight aviation and rail, passenger bus, freight trucking, freight rail and freight marine shipping in Canada – all regulated industries that are notoriously high greenhouse gas emitters with significant government mandates to decarbonize. The result would be a 15.3% reduction in Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
For details about our costing model and timeline, look here.
To learn about our Letter of Intent with Manitoba farmers Tracy and Curtis Hiebert, look here.