Non-Equilibrium Plasma for Energy-Efficient Nitrogen Fixation

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Program:
Special Projects
Award:
$500,000
Location:
Stanford,
California
Status:
ACTIVE
Project Term:
07/19/2021 - 01/18/2023

Project Innovation + Advantages:

Nitricity Inc. is developing a non-thermal plasma reactor that uses air, water, and renewable electricity to produce nitrogen fertilizer. If successful, this technology has the potential to economically decarbonize fertilizer production from the Haber-Bosch process, which produces more CO2 than any other chemical-making reaction. Literature and modeling analysis suggest that an energy efficiency ten times better than present plasma values and equal to or better than that of the conventional Haber-Bosch process could be achieved, which represents a $68B global market and gigaton CO2 equivalent per year mitigation opportunity.

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. David Babson
Project Contact:
Dr. Joshua McEnaney
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
josh@nitricity.co

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