Amogy Inc. of the US has received approval in principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register to develop a novel power system for use in marine vessels that produces energy from liquid ammonia.
Power generating devices
By splitting liquid ammonia into hydrogen and using the resulting hydrogen to generate electricity using proton-exchange membrane fuel cells, Amogy is developing devices that generate power from ammonia.
In June 2022, AP Ventures, Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures led a US$46 million bridging investment round for the firm, supported by AP Ventures and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund.
A significant milestone
The business referred to receiving the AiP certification as “a significant milestone” in the process of getting its ammonia-to-power system approved for use in maritime applications, and it added that it would continue to advance the technology and look for type-approval procedures to make the system suitable for commercial use in the marine sector.
This technology was successfully tested in May 2022 on a tractor and a drone in 2021 at a 5-kW scale. A 100-kW power pack was employed in the tractor trial.
The power pack will be scaled to 1 MW for a demonstration on a maritime vessel the following year.
Breakthrough ammonia technology
“This significant milestone is further validation in Amogy as we continue to push towards complete commercialisation of our breakthrough ammonia technology in the maritime industry,” said Seonghoon Woo, chief executive of Amogy.
Our team is dedicated to working with important partners, like Lloyd’s Register, to enable its safe adoption by the industry. “As we come closer to bringing our system to market, it is crucial to tackling particular safety challenges for the design and operation of ammonia-fueled vessels.”
This week, Amogy and commodity trader Trafigura signed a contract to investigate the use of ammonia as a vehicle to move clean hydrogen from the site of production to the point of consumption.
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