Recently there has been a lot of talk, even excitement, about the use of ammonia as a form of energy storage. With about 200 million tons produced each year, ammonia is the second most produced chemical in the world. Most ammonia is manufactured at large plants and nearly 1,000 - 1,500 tons are produced each day using Haber-Bosch process that was developed more than hundred years ago.
With the global transition from fossil fuels to green energy underway, there is a need for the long-term energy storage and long-range transmission of green energy. Ammonia is a perfect fit for both uses as it is a highly efficient liquid carrier of hydrogen at room temperature and can be readily transported.
Fuel cells that can harness hydrogen made from ammonia can offer significant breakthroughs in overcoming the key challenges of green energy:
• Providing green energy when renewables fall short
Renewable energy technologies are expected to take a leading role in generating sustainable energy, but their weather-dependence makes their availability problematic and the generation of green power inconsistent. Energy from fuel cells can be used to close the gaps as needed.
• Leveraging excess capacity from renewables
Instead of wasting excess capacity from renewables, excess energy could be used to create liquid ammonia for future use by fuel cells. Ammonia is an excellent energy storage platform for fuel cells as it is a very efficient liquid carrier of hydrogen, and can be readily transported. In addition, the use of excess energy from renewals provides a cleaner alternative to the Haber-Bosch process.
• Offering a green, lower cost alternative to diesel
Diesel generators play a major role in providing power in the poor-grid economies of developing countries. The pollution from diesel and other fossil fuels is attributed to the death of 7 million people worldwide each year. Using "green ammonia" as energy carrier could play a role in offering a clean and reliable green energy to the 3.5 billion people who live in off-grid or poor-grid areas. The June 2018 launch of the GenCell A5 Off-Grid Power Solution for telecom towers and rural electrification can deliver power for humanity—and enable billions of people to benefit from electricity, modern communications and economic advancement.
Using hydrogen-on-demand with fuel cells is no dream. Our revolutionary process allows us to extract hydrogen from ammonia without any power from the grid, enabling the GenCell A5 off-grid power solution to be used as an autonomous "nano power plant" that operates fully independently of the grid to create a green alternative to polluting diesel power—wherever and whenever you need it.
Speaker Biography (Rami Reshef)
Rami has a proven executive management track record with more than 25 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology industry. He has focused on adopting early technologies and successfully transforming them into mature commercial products. He has founded a number of startups with solutions for mobile, social networking and virtual reality. At GenCell, Rami leads the company's innovative vision for green energy and works closely with GenCell customers, partners and internal teams to enable clean power for humanity.