Fertiliser manufacturer Yara International is working with a wind power company on a proposal for a renewable energy powered ammonia plant in Holland.

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It is partnering with offshore wind power specialist Ørsted on a project to replace fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen to produce ammonia with the potential to abate more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 per year – equivalent to 50,000 conventional cars.

The initiative centres on a 100 MW wind powered electrolyser plant to make renewable hydrogen at Yara’s Sluiskil ammonia factory in the Dutch province of Zeeland. This could produce some 75,000 tonnes of ‘green’ ammonia per year – or 10% of the capacity of one of the Sluiskil ammonia plants. It would be powered by a dedicated renewable energy supply from Ørsted’s new Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm at Zeeland close to the Sluiskil plant – the second biggest in the world.

The partners say the green ammonia can be used to make carbon-neutral fertiliser products, help decarbonizing the food value chain, with potential as a future climate-neutral shipping fuel.

However, they are seeking some public support to supplement their private investment in large-scale renewable hydrogen and ammonia production. Subject to sufficient co-funding, regulatory approval and a confirmed business case, they believe a decision to proceed could be taken late 2021 or early 2022.