Doosan Enerbility signs ammonia deal with Britain’s Johnson Matthey
Doosan Enerbility signed an ammonia deal with Britain’s Johnson Matthey, the company said Thursday.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding at Doosan Enerbility’s headquarters in Changwon, South Gyeongsang, on Wednesday, for a joint hydrogen production project.
London-based Johnson Matthey, founded in 1817, is a chemical company that specializes in ammonia and hydrogen-related technologies.
Ammonia, a compound of hydrogen and nitrogen, can be split into hydrogen through a cracking process using a catalyst. As ammonia in gaseous form has 1.7 times the hydrogen as the same volume of liquefied hydrogen, it is considered a cost-effective medium for the storage and transportation of hydrogen.
Johnson Matthey will provide process engineering technology and catalysts for ammonia cracking, while Doosan Enerbiltiy will design, build and install ammonia crackers.
The two companies plan to jointly develop technologies to integrate the ammonia cracking process in hydrogen-fueled combined cycle power plants in the future as well.
Nitrogen generated through ammonia cracking will improve the energy efficiency of hydrogen turbines in hydrogen-fueled combined cycle hydrogen power plants, explained Doosan Enerbility.
“Ammonia cracking, which lowers the entry barrier for combined cycle hydrogen power generation, is a key technology in achieving carbon neutrality,” said Park Hong-ook, head of Doosan Enerbility’s power services business division.
“It is also significant that with the signing of the deal, Doosan Enerbility will be establishing an all-encompassing value chain for combined cycle hydrogen power generation, from hydrogen utilization to production,” Park added.
Doosan Enerbility is currently participating in a government-led project together with the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, to develop a 50-percent hydrogen-fueled combustor for a 300-megawatt hydrogen gas turbine.
The company hopes to develop a 100-percent hydrogen-fueled gas turbine by 2027 in collaboration with local research institutions.
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