Thermo-economic assessment and experimental investigation of renewable energy based NH3 production options for clean energy communities
Production and utilization of ammonia in the transportation and power generation sector brings numerous advantages by introducing environmentally friendly, sustainable and efficient systems. Ammonia (NH3) is the only carbon-free chemical energy carrier together with hydrogen suitable for use as a transportation fuel. In this project, renewable energy based NH3 production methods are investigated for power generation, transportation and energy utilities. Specifically, concentrated solar energy based electrochemical ammonia synthesis is experimentally investigated. Furthermore, comparative thermodynamic, thermo-economic and life cycle analyses related to wind, hydro and solar energy based ammonia production and utilization are undertaken together with hydrocarbon decomposition based ammonia synthesis.