The largest site for ammonia to hydrogen conversion opens in the UK

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The largest site for ammonia to hydrogen conversion opens in the UK

A consortium is working on this Birmingham-based demonstrator, which will produce 200 kg of hydrogen a day. The project, funded by the UK government to the tune of £6.7 million, is led by Gemserv.

This symbolic project is coming to life at Tyseley Energy Park, the showcase for the hydrogen economy in the West Midlands region of England. At a time when there is talk of importing hydrogen molecules by sea, in the form of ammonia, this site is intended to show how these molecules can be converted and to encourage international hydrogen trade. The project is being carried out in collaboration with DESNZ (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero) and a number of manufacturers, including Gemserv, H2SITE, Equans, YARA and the University of Birmingham.

Hydrogen Today was tipped on the launch of this project by Gemserv. As it happens, this energy expert was acquired just over a year ago by the French innovation consulting group Talan. This will enable the company to strengthen its expertise in energy and digital transitions. It’s also worth noting that Gemserv was behind the creation of Hydrogen UK. The connection was made following one of our articles on the UK’s hydrogen strategy.

A springboard to scale-up

Returning to the Ammogen project, which is presented here in more detail, the Spanish company H2Site, backed by Engie, is supplying the cracking technology to convert ammonia into hydrogen. “We are proud of having designed and constructed the largest ammonia cracker utilizing membrane reactor technology to produce fuel cell grade hydrogen. Ammogen project is a steppingstone for H2SITE, as it validates the fundamental technology we’ll use to scale to tons per day ammonia cracking in the next 2 years,” commented Jose Medrano, technical director of H2SITE.

“This project is about finding solutions for the transportation of hydrogen across vast distances, essential in underpinning the hydrogen economy,” stated Alex Goody Chief Executive of consortium lead Gemserv.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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