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Ammonia

  • May 19, 2020 12:46 PM
    Message # 8979685
    Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Team Ammonians, Beverly Homeschool, Beverly

  • May 28, 2020 9:29 AM
    Reply # 8997993 on 8979685
    Kyle Burkybile

    Well done on the intro to what Ammonia is, I think you explained the compound and its characteristics very well. Also, I definitely learned more about the process of using ammonia for fuel, and enjoyed that you included the Haber process and plasma membrane reactors in your research. 

    A couple of notes on the presentation for you to consider. I would maybe switch up the last couple slides so that you end on "making the right ammonia" since that will be the last messaging you send to your audience. Also, is there a car brand that is already outfitted for running on ammonia? A lot of people are not tech savvy enough to check their own cars for alloys that would react with ammonia. 

    Overall, really enjoyed the presentation and thanks for bringing a topic that is not as well known yet but will be important for us getting off fossil fuels. 

  • May 30, 2020 4:58 PM
    Reply # 9003753 on 8979685
    Rowland Davis, Chicago 350.org member

    I liked your presentation for two reasons. First, the topic is very interesting and I did not really know much about it. Second, it made me smile, because I could tell that you were having fun doing the research and learning about how ammonia might be useful.

    I am a pretty big fan of how hydrogen might be a large part of how we substitute for fossil fuels. At this point I see that ammonia could be very useful as the way to transport and store hydrogen as a stable chemical. For example, a fueling station might have a store of ammonia in a tank and then also have the plasma membrane reactor that would create the hydrogen from the ammonia. The hydrogen could then be put into a car that uses a fuel cell to create electric energy.

    I was not even aware of possible direct combustion of ammonia in an engine! This is still a work in process, I believe, requiring some more research to make it efficient and safe. But the maritime industry does apparently see this as an important option to pursue for large ocean vessels.

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