Acumentrics Canada to Investigate Ammonia as a Hydrogen Source
WESTWOOD, MASS., December 10 /CNW/ - Acumentrics Corporation's Canadian
subsidiary, Acumentrics Canada Ltd., is partnering with Natural Resources
Canada's CANMET Energy Technology Centre to investigate the use of ammonia as
a fuel for Acumentrics' solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The fuel cell will
convert ammonia to hydrogen and nitrogen internally and release only water
vapor and nitrogen.
For several decades now, ammonia, a compound familiar to most people as a
cleaning fluid, has been touted as one of the most efficient ways to store and
transport hydrogen, the fuel of tomorrow. It is already widely available as a
synthetic fertilizer, and is both relatively inexpensive to produce and easy
to transport. Pipelines for anhydrous ammonia currently exist in the US, and
the ammonia is transported as a liquid in tankers at pressures similar to
SOFCs are one of the most efficient, cleanest power generating systems
currently being developed, producing power electrochemically using solid-state
ceramic cells. SOFCs are highly fuel-flexible and can operate on available
fossil fuels, including natural gas, propane, methane and diesel fuel, as well
as ethanol and biogas. Because no combustion is involved, SOFCs produce
virtually no NO2, SO2 or particulate emissions.
"At Acumentrics we are proving that solid oxide fuel cells provide
innovative fuel choices," said Acumentrics CTO and Senior Vice-President, Dr.
Norm Bessette. "Acumentrics Canada will work closely with NRCan to demonstrate
that ammonia is a viable fuel. This is an excellent opportunity for us to
expand our Canadian presence."
"We need energy to power our economy, and we need clean energy to protect
our environment -- that's a priority for our government," said the Honourable
Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "By investing in this project, and
other similar projects, we are ensuring that clean energy will continue to
form an important part of Canada's energy future."
About Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works to ensure the responsible
development of Canada's natural resources, including energy, forests, minerals
and metals, and develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution
of the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life
of all Canadians. NRCan is delivering the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY
Initiatives -- a set of coordinated measures designed to improve energy
efficiency, increase our supply of cleaner energy, and find cleaner ways to
produce and use our conventional energy resources.
Acumentrics' unique, durable, fuel-flexible tubular ceramics-based fuel
cell technology has exceeded performance standards in U.S. Department of
Energy Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Phase I tests,
demonstrated the ability to operate for 1300 hours on synthetic JP-8 fuel,
become the first biogas-fueled SOFC system in an installation at the
innovative GlashusEtt environmental information center in Stockholm, and
received a 2007 New England Innovation Award from the Smaller Business
Association of New England. Acumentrics also sells rugged, uninterruptible
power supplies (UPS) to the military and other mission-critical markets.
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