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Johnson Matthey (JM) and thyssenkrupp Uhde have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a fully integrated low carbon (blue) ammonia solution. This agreement builds on their nearly 25-year partnership in the ammonia sector.

Ammonia’s role has evolved in the quest to reduce CO2 emissions. Initially crucial for producing fertilizer in agriculture, ammonia now serves as a decarbonized carrier and supplier of hydrogen energy. Hydrogen in the form of ammonia is easier to store and transport than pure hydrogen. The movement of low carbon ammonia can utilize existing infrastructure. This makes it a leading energy transition solution, ready to capture, store, and ship large quantities of hydrogen for use in the power and shipping sectors and industrial value chains worldwide.

By combining their strengths, thyssenkrupp Uhde and JM can enter the blue ammonia market together. They offer proven technologies, blending the uhde® ammonia process with JM’s hydrogen expertise through its LCHTM technology. This collaboration will enable the production of blue ammonia with up to 99% CO2 capture.

Moreover, thyssenkrupp Uhde has a long history in the ammonia sector. Since 1928, they have licensed, engineered, or constructed over 130 ammonia plants worldwide. They lead the market in plants exceeding 3000 tpd with their unique uhde® dual pressure technology. JM’s LCH technology uses JM’s autothermal reformer, either alone or with JM’s gas heated reformer. This technology has been chosen for several major blue hydrogen projects. Examples include BP’s H2Teesside, a 700 MW low carbon hydrogen production plant, and the H2H Saltend project with Equinor and Linde for a 600 MW low carbon hydrogen production plant.

In addition, Alberto Giovanzana, Managing Director of Catalyst Technologies at Johnson Matthey, emphasized the need for multiple routes in the energy transition. He noted that ammonia offers several options. It can be used directly in the power and shipping industries or as a hydrogen carrier, safely transporting hydrogen to regions where production is challenging.

Furthermore, Giovanzana expressed excitement about the partnership with thyssenkrupp Uhde. He highlighted their combined expertise and long-standing partnership, enabling them to offer technology that significantly reduces CO2 emissions in ammonia production.

Lastly, Lucretia Löscher, COO of thyssenkrupp Uhde, reiterated their commitment to creating a livable planet. She emphasized that the strong partnership with JM expands their portfolio of climate-friendly solutions. This collaboration helps customers achieve their sustainability goals more effectively.

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