A massive plant that will produce ammonia from renewable energy is scheduled to be operating in Saudi Arabia in 2025. This will enable renewable energy to be stored long term and thus dispenses with any need for so-called ‘baseload power’ from fossil fuels or nuclear power. The Saudi facility will produce 1.2 million tonnes of ammonia a year using electricity generated by 4GW solar and wind farms. The new ammonia plant is hoping to capitalise on markets for hydrogen, ammonia being a good way to store hydrogen. However, another market could be countries that opt to produce all their energy from renewable energy sources. Spain has a target of 100 per cent of its energy from renewable energy by 2050.
100% Renewables 22nd July 2020 read more »
Japan bets on ammonia as the fuel of the future. The pungent gas could offer the best way for the country to import renewable energy.
FT 23rd July 2020 read more »