You are here

High Rate Ammonia Synthesis by Intermediate Temperature Solid-State Alkaline Electrolyzer (ITSAE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0000818
Agency Tracking Number: 1563-1502
Amount: $224,929.80
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DE-FOA-0001563
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001563
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
3666 West 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84120-1202
United States
DUNS: 968471248
HUBZone Owned: Unavailable
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 John Bi
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 386-8555
Business Contact
 Zhang Lynn
Title: President
Phone: (801) 803-1303
Research Institution

Ammonia is not only one of the most produced chemicals worldwide for fertilizer, but also a real carbon-neutral liquid fuel (CNLF), which is important for renewable energy storage and transportation. The well-known traditional Haber-Bosch (HB) process annually generates more than 120 million metric tons of ammonia for fertilizer, with about ~1.0% of the world’s annual energy consumption and ~3.0% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Electrochemical process has the potential to substantially reduce the energy input (>20%), simplify the reactor design and reduce the complexity and cost of balance of plant. In addition, a successful electrolytic ammonia process would enable a new network for renewable energy storage-transportation-application, based on networks of distributed-scale, near-point-of-use production plants. However, the current ammonia electrosynthesis rates are generally very low and at the range of 10-13~10-8 molNH3cm-2s- 1 in various electrochemical cells. Storagenergy Technologies, Inc., Iowa State University, and Pennsylvania State University will team together to develop a game-changing intermediate temperature (150-250oC) solid-state electrolyzer (ITSE) for high-rate ammonia production from nitrogen or air and steam electrolysis at low pressure range of 0-10 atm. The high performance ITSE will integrate our innovative, cost-effective and highly ionic conducting membrane, novel nanostructured cost-effective cathode catalyst, and amorphous noble metal-free nanoparticle oxygen evolution reaction (OER) anode catalyst. If successful, this novel ammonia electrolysis process would not only enable a new nitrogen fertilizer industry, but also enable efficient conversion of renew ble energy into energy-dense CNLF that can be easily stored, transported,and applied/utilized.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government