University of Newcastle green ammonia partnership wins commercialisation funding

The new $18 million ammonia as hydrogen carrier research partnership involves the University of Newcastle, Australian company Element One, and the Australian Government.

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky, Laureate Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and Element One Founder and Managing Director Phil Matthews. Image supplied by University of Newcastle.

The partnership is the first research grant for the University of Newcastle under the Trailblazer for Recycling and Clean Energy (TRaCE) program – a partnership with UNSW to fast track the commercialisation of (recycling and) clean energy technologies and support national decarbonisation and manufacturing agendas.

Element One, a company focused on emerging hydrogen technologies have partnered with University of Newcastle's Laureate Professor Behdad Moghtaderi to deliver a project titled: AMMONIAC: A Chemical Looping-Based Process for Production of Green Ammonia.

AMMONIAC will be a multi-phase project concerned with the production of green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier, and one that Laureate Professor Moghtaderi said will have impact on a global scale.

Phase one of AMMONIAC will focus on the development and validation of a proof-of-concept prototype, while phase two will be dedicated to the construction, commissioning, and operation of a 10 tonne/day reference plant at a site in Queensland.

To read more about the AMMONIAC project, go the University of Newcastle website here.

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