Bettergy, an energy materials and nanotechnology company, has developed innovative energy and environmental technologies for over a decade. Through an ongoing partnership with the University at Buffalo, Bettergy developed a one-step process to crack ammonia to produce hydrogen. This technology—utilizing a novel catalyst developed with UB—is a key to the development of on-site, carbon-neutral hydrogen production systems. It will have applications in transportation and industry and will play an important role in the global transition to a hydrogen economy.
CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY
The future of sustainable energy depends on the availability of clean, secure and affordable energy. Hydrogen—used in fuel cell technologies and other mobility and industrial applications—is the key to a carbon-free economy. It can expand the use of renewable power, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is capable of highly efficient energy conversion. However, the current supply of hydrogen poses significant cost, storage and transportation issues. As a result, a safe, low-cost and carbon-free method of producing hydrogen is critical to the development of the hydrogen economy and the reduction of the world’s reliance on fossil fuels.
SOLUTION & OUTCOME
Bettergy sought the opportunity to collaborate with UB faculty member Gang Wu, a leading expert in the catalyst space. Together, Bettergy and UB developed a highly energy-efficient, cost-effective and safe method to use ammonia and convert it to hydrogen. Ammonia has high storage capacity, can be transported and stored as a liquid, and is carbon-free at the point of use. This technology will help overcome issues with hydrogen supply, hastening the development of a supply infrastructure by reducing the capital and operating costs and footprint of on-site hydrogen generation stations while improving energy efficiency.
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