PlasmaLeap Technologies has showcased its groundbreaking green ammonia technology to Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley and NSW Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte. Ammonia has long been a vital component in the agricultural sector, serving as a key ingredient in fertilizers.
However, the traditional ammonia production method has come under scrutiny due to its significant carbon footprint and detrimental environmental impacts. Traditional ammonia production accounts for approximately 2% of global carbon emissions, equivalent to the entire aviation sector.
PlasmaLeap Technologies recognized the urgent need for a sustainable alternative, leading them to develop groundbreaking zero-emission ammonia production technology which uses only renewable electricity, air and water.
PlasmaLeap Technologies Chief Executive Officer Frere Byrne said the breakthrough achieved by PlasmaLeap is a huge step forward for the industry and could abate significant industrial emissions, accelerate the development of the global H2 economy, and contribute materially to achieving global Net-Zero. And having Dr Foley and Professor Durrant-Whyte witness the state-of-the-art reactors in action is a testament to the potential of PlasmaLeap’s technology.
“It’s fantastic to have had the Chief Scientists visit our facility and witness the capabilities of PlasmaLeap’s technology. Their interest, alongside a growing number of international energy and agricultural businesses, reinforces our position as industry leaders in the development of green fuel and energy technology," Byrne said.
“PlasmaLeap’s reactors demonstrate frontier science and engineering and boast an unprecedented level of performance and scalability. Our Chief Technology Officer, PJ Cullen, working with University of Sydney and UNSW colleagues demonstrated a new plasma driven path to ammonia synthesis and achieved world leading energy efficiency and production rates with technology that consumes only air, water and electricity.”
“With the ability to produce zero-emissions ammonia at rates literally thousands of times that of the next best competing electrochemical technology, PlasmaLeap’s reactors could be critical in achieving global Net-Zero by 2050.”
UNSW Scientia Professor Rose Amal, co-director of the ARC Training Centre for Global H2 Economy, said, "Electrification of our industries is a key component of meeting global Net-Zero targets and PlasmaLeap Technologies has achieved a remarkable feat in developing new electricity-driven chemical pathways for industry, including ammonia.”
“Electricity driven chemistry has the potential to transform the landscape of global carbon emissions by providing sustainable alternatives to high emitting industries. I am thrilled to witness such innovative solutions originating from Australian companies like PlasmaLeap Technologies,” Prof. Amal said.
As one of the leading chemical reactors on the market, PlasmaLeap’s technology has captured the attention of various industries, including agriculture, renewables and resources companies, and is used widely in research centers around the world.
Hugh Mackinnon, owner of the significant soft fruit operation Mountford Berries in Tasmania will be trialling the technology as a Driscoll’s Grower allied to the Global Genetics and Marketing Company.
“The Mackinnon family have been farming at Mountford for five generations. We have a deep interest in sustainable agriculture, particularly technologies that have the potential to reduce carbon emissions across the entire sector,” said Mackinnon.
“We will be trialing the technology in our operation and believe the innovation, which provides zero-emissions ammonia feedstock on-demand, has the ability to transform horticulture businesses both environmentally and economically.”
PlasmaLeap Technologies is on track to achieve energy efficiency rates of 20 kWh/kg ammonia in its large-scale reactors by the end of 2023. PlasmaLeap Technologies is poised to become a prominent player in the global energy and chemicals landscape. With their groundbreaking green ammonia and eFuel technology, the company is spearheading a transformative shift towards sustainable energy solutions. As they continue to grow rapidly and scale up production, all eyes are on PlasmaLeap Technologies as the rising star of the industry.