AMMONIAC: A Chemical Looping-Based Process for Production of Green Ammonia

May 30th, 2022

R&D Focus Areas:
Ammonia; Industrial feedstock processes

Lead Organisation:
The University of Newcastle

Element One Pty Ltd


Start date:
June 2023

Completion date:
June 2026

Key contacts:
Project Leader: Laureate Professor Behdad Moghtaderi:

Australian Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (TRaCE), and Element One Pty Ltd

Project total cost:
AUD$22,520,000 (cash) comprising AUD$16,383,000 by Element One Pty Ltd and AUD$6,137,000 by TRaCE

Project summary description:
This project is a multi-phase program of study concerned with the production of green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier. More specifically, the program focuses on the development and pilot-scale validation of a novel chemical looping-based process for green ammonia synthesis.

Named AMMONIACTM, the process synthesises atmospheric nitrogen and renewable hydrogen feedstocks into ammonia using renewable energy. The ammonia product can be used either for direct power generation or alternatively as a hydrogen carrier or feedstock for renewable fertilizer manufacturing, with significant domestic and export market potentials.

The project primarily focuses on the development and demonstration of a 100 g-NH3/day proof-of-concept prototype, a 100 kg-NH3/day pilot-plant and a concept design for a large-scale 10 tonne-NH3/day demonstration plant.

Related publications and key links:
Not applicable

Higher degree studies supported:
Four postdoctoral research fellows will be supported by this project.


Reviewed: November 2023