"Green" ammonia makes it possible to produce fossil-free fertilizer - and fuel


Johannes MessingerProf. Johannes Messinger, within the molecular biomimetics research programme at the Department of Chemistry - Ångström at Uppsala University, is researching a new method for producing fossil-free ammonia (NH3) from water and nitrogen using renewable energy. 

Ammonia is used in large quantities and is a major component in the production of fertilizers and various chemicals. Today, ammonia is produced mainly from nitrogen gas from the air and hydrogen gas extracted from natural gas (methane), which emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Johannes Messinger wants to create conditions for ammonia to be produced in small plants in a sustainable way in the future. So that, for example, a farmer could produce his own ammonia using water, air and electricity from the sun or wind, to produce fertilizer or use it as fuel for his tractors.

You find the full interview with Johannes Messinger on Uppsala University's website.

More information

About the project in the article "Green ammonia should provide fertilizer without fossil emissions" in Research & Progress. (In Swedish.) 

The research programme of Molecular Biomimetics' website at the Department of Chemistry - Ångström.

Last modified: 2021-04-26