Topsoe,First Ammonia to purchase electrolyzer cells for green ammonia production

Sept. 16, 2022
The production of 5 million metric tons of green ammonia annually will result in the elimination of 13 million tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Technology firm Topsoe and First Ammonia, a developer of modular, commercial-scale plants for green ammonia production, signed a capacity reservation agreement to reserve Topsoe’s solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC) which will be used in green ammonia production.

In accordance with the agreement, First Ammonia will initially purchase 500MW of SOEC units and expand the purchases to 5GW over the tenure of the deal. The energy-efficient, industrial-scale SOEC units will be installed at First Ammonia’s green ammonia plants worldwide. The projects will be the first commercial-scale, green ammonia production facilities in the world. The plants will begin operating in 2025.

“We have the utmost confidence in Topsoe and its storied scientists and engineers, which is why we have chosen Topsoe as our partner,” said Joel Moser, CEO of First Ammonia. “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. Ammonia can save humanity once again as the workhorse of the hydrogen economy, replacing petrochemicals to decarbonize agriculture, transportation and power storage and generation.”

“We need to accelerate the development and industrialization of sustainable solutions, while also increasing energy independence, which is why we are delighted to partner with First Ammonia on the global development of its green ammonia facilities,” said Roeland Baan, CEO of Topsoe. “With this agreement, we enable the production of millions of tons of green ammonia in support of the decarbonization agenda.”

The 5GW agreement is the largest ever electrolyzer reservation. The production of 5 million metric tons of green ammonia annually will result in the elimination of 13 million tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Topsoe’s SOEC manufacturing plant will be set up in Herning, Denmark.