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Firms research ammonia cracking technology as facilitator to hydrogen supply

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Amogy Inc. and Trafigura have announced an agreement to study the use of ammonia as a carrier to transport clean hydrogen from point of production to consumption.
The findings of this joint research on ammonia cracking will help support industry-wide efforts to decarbonise transport and heavy industrial processes and lower carbon emissions to meet global climate goals.
Trafigura deploys infrastructure, logistics and financing to connect global producers and consumers of oil and petroleum products, metals and minerals and power and renewables through efficient and sustainable supply chains. The company is looking at future low-carbon sources of energy including technologies that can enable the high-volume transportation of zero emission fuels.
Ammonia is viewed as a promising hydrogen carrier due to its high volumetric hydrogen density, enabling economic, long-distance transport of hydrogen.
“Our partnership with Trafigura opens up tremendous opportunities for the Amogy team to better understand and explore our platform’s potential benefits at scale,” said Seonghoon Woo, CEO and co-founder at Amogy.
“At Trafigura, we recognise that hydrogen will need to be transported over long distances, from regions rich in renewable power to demand hubs. Ammonia is a cost competitive carrier of hydrogen which will require cracking at destination to cater to different end uses,” said Margaux Moore, head of energy transition research at Trafigura.
“We believe ammonia cracking will be a key enabling technology for the large scale uptake of clean hydrogen. Our work with Amogy will help us understand the economics of this supply chain, to deliver the most competitive low carbon hydrogen to our customers.”
Ammonia is an energy-dense compound that is already traded on a global scale through its use in agriculture and supported by existing transportation and storage infrastructure.