Topsoe, First Ammonia sign 5 GW electrolyzer agreement

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Topsoe and green ammonia early mover First Ammonia have signed an agreement for the reservation of 5 GW of solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) units to produce green ammonia. To date, this is the largest such an agreement in the world, for any type of electrolyzer, and could help displace nearly 5 bcm of natural gas.

Topsoe’s solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC) will be installed in First Ammonia’s green ammonia plants around the world in the coming years. The agreement provides for an initial purchase of 500 MW of SOEC units and is expandable to up to 5 GW over the lifetime of the agreement. Topsoe’s SOEC manufacturing plant is to be built in Herning, Denmark, and has recently received FID from the board.

The production of 5 million metric tons of green ammonia produced per year would eliminate 13 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of taking 9 million petrol-fueled cars off the road.

First Ammonia has been developing sites around the globe with the first installation of 500 MW of capacity to be installed at locations in Northern Germany and Southwestern United States. These projects will be the world’s first commercial-scale green ammonia production facilities, with operation planned for 2025. First Ammonia will operate all its plants dynamically to support existing renewable power markets.

Joel Moser, CEO of First Ammonia, said: “We have the utmost confidence in Topsoe and its storied scientists and engineers, which is why we have chosen Topsoe as our partner. With their cutting edge SOEC electrolyzers and industry leading ammonia synthesis, we will develop facilities around the world to produce millions of tons of green ammonia from water and air. Ammonia saved humanity from starvation a century ago as a replacement for depleted sources of fertilizers, in large part due to Topsoe’s excellence. Ammonia can save humanity once again as the workhorse of the hydrogen economy, replacing petrochemicals to decarbonize agriculture, transportation and power storage and generation.”

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