Announced today, the agreement will see Topsoe installing its solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) in First Ammonia’s green ammonia plants.
Expandable to up to 5GW (gigawatts), the first 500MW (megawatts) of capacity will be installed in the world’s first commercial-scale green ammonia plants at sites in Northern Germany and Southwestern US.
At 5GW, the project would be the largest ever electrolyser reservation of any type.
By producing 5m metric tonnes of green ammonia per year, the agreement could result in the elimination of 13m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
gasworld understands that Topsoe’s SOEC manufacturing plant is to be built in Herning, Denmark, and has recently received final investment decision (FID) from the board.
Stating that the company has ‘utmost confidence’ in Topsoe, Joel Moser CEO, First Ammonia, added, “With their cutting edge SOEC electrolysers and industry leading ammonia synthesis, we will develop facilities around the world to produce millions of tonnes of green ammonia from water and air.”
“Ammonia saved humanity from starvation a century ago as a replacement for depleted sources of fertilisers, in large part due to Topsoe’s excellence.”
By replacing petrochemicals to decarbonise industry, he believes that ammonia can save humanity once again as the ‘workhorse’ of the hydrogen economy.
With the highest volumetric energy density out of all the hydrogen-based energy sources, green ammonia is considered an economical and efficient storage and transport vehicle for hydrogen.
By producing ammonia during off-peak power demand hours, First Ammonia aims to drive renewable power production.
“We need to accelerate the development and industrialisation of sustainable solutions, while also increasing energy independence, which is why we are delighted to partner with First Ammonia on the global development of its green ammonia facilities,” said Roeland Baan, CEO, Topsoe.
“With this agreement, we enable the production of millions of tonnes of green ammonia in support of the decarbonisation agenda.”