The problem with electrical generation is that, until now, the electricity couldn’t be stored. With current sources of renewable energy – such as geothermal or hydroelectric – when the demand is low the generation capacity must be turned down. Think of a wind farm that has howling wind, however the windmills sit idle because there is no immediate use for the energy it could be creating.
Now, those same windmills could instead be generating sustainable electricity by powering a FuelPositive carbon-free NH3 system. During periods of peak demand, even when there is no wind, the carbon-free NH3 stored on site can be combusted in green ammonia-fired turbines to generate and distribute electricity to nearby consumers or used in standalone applications, like fertilizer for farms. It represents a much more viable and scalable alternative to any other grid storage technologies we know of today.
We expect our grid storage solution to especially appeal to northern and remote communities that rely on propane to be shipped for fueling generators. With FuelPositive’s carbon-free NH3 systems in place, a northern community could use solar panels that would benefit from long hours on sunlight in the summer, and store that electricity in the form of carbon-free NH3 until needed in the fall and winter when solar panels are not effective because of a lack of sunlight.