Non-Equilibrium Plasma for Energy-Efficient Nitrogen Fixation

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Stanford, California
Project Term:
07/19/2021 - 04/18/2023

Technology Description:

Nitricity 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.


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Dr. Marina Sofos
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Dr. Joshua McEnaney
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