Nel ASA and Yara International have today signed a collaboration agreement confirming their shared ambition of developing clean hydrogen to realise low carbon footprint fertiliser production.
The project is based on Nel’s development of new water electrolyser technology that will be tested at Yara’s existing plant in Porsgrunn, Norway.
The goal is to produce hydrogen from renewable sources to be fed into Yara’s existing ammonia plant, which will either be used in fertiliser production or used as green ammonia.
Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel, explained, “The project is leveraging on the development of our next-generation pressurised alkaline electrolyser, which is being designed for larger capacity, lower cost and even more operational flexibility than our current generation electrolysers.”
The capacity of the electrolyser will be 5MW corresponding to 1% of the hydrogen production in Porsgrunn. It is expected to be installed in 2022.
The project is supported by Norway’s Research Council, Innovation Norway and Enova through the PILOT-E program, a funding scheme that aims to speed up the development and implementation of green energy technology.
“Yara’s mission is to responsibly feed the world and protect the planet. We have already removed about half of our direct greenhouse gas emissions in the past few decades, and we’re working towards carbon neutrality by 2050,” said Tove Andersen, Executive Vice-President of Production in Yara.
“Producing fertiliser with carbon free hydrogen will be a very important step towards that goal.”