Competitive Edge: Amogy’s Ammonia

May 12, 2022 |

Ammonia (NH3) is the second most produced chemical in the world, with high energy density and practicability – but can we use ammonia as a low emission or even zero emission fuel? Amogy says we can, with their technology that enables emission-free high performance mobility using ammonia as a fuel.

In today’s Digest, how Amogy aims to revolutionize clean transportation by using ammonia as an alternative fuel, and more.

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

Amogy is building a carbon-free energy system using ammonia as a renewable fuel. Our system offers high energy density making it suitable for heavy transportation. By decarbonizing this sector, we aim to reduce 10% of global GHG emissions by 2040.

Q: What stage of development are you?

Demonstration stage – proven at small, integrated scale, but not yet commercially available

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for? 

Global efforts to reach net-zero emissions depend on advancements in the transportation industry. To date, progress has been concentrated on the electrification of passenger vehicles, while heavy-duty transportation has been more difficult to decarbonize. Ammonia is attracting attention as an energy carrier because of its high energy density. At Amogy, we have developed a compact, high-efficiency reactor that cracks ammonia onboard and uses hydrogen to generate power through a fuel cell.

Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

Amogy aims to revolutionize clean transportation by using ammonia as an alternative fuel. Ammonia has a longtime presence in the agriculture industry as a fertilizer, so it has technological maturity, existing infrastructure, and public familiarity. Ammonia is also abundant, cheap, and easily accessible, with over 150 global ports capable of storing it in liquid form. Furthermore, ammonia possesses a high energy density, which allows vehicles to be lighter and faster while traveling for longer.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?

1)    November 2020: Amogy was founded by four MIT PhD alumni. We now have a team of 40+ people and are on track to drastically change the world of commercial transportation.

2)    July 2021: We successfully engineered the first-ever ammonia-powered emission-free drone flight.

3)    November 2021: We successfully closed the $20M Series A funding round led by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund and AP Ventures.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?

1)    Demonstrating the technology in heavy transportation vehicles, including tractor (2022), class-8 truck (2022), workboat (2023), and large cargo/container ships (2024-2025)

2)    Raising additional funding over $100-200M to establish initial manufacturing infrastructure for the product manufacturing, which will need the growth of the team up to 300+ workforce. 

3)    Establishing partnerships with OEMs and important market players in each target industry.  

Q. Where can I learn more about Amogy?

Click here to visit Amogy’s website.

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