The Atmonia Ecosystem for clean fuel and sustainable fertilizer production
Atmonia System: Production of ammonia in aqueous solution from air, water and electricity as raw material
Nitrification System: Production of aqueous nitrate-based fertilizer solution from ammonia
Our systems can work together or be used as stand-alone systems
Ammonia and nitrate production are currently major contributors to anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.
The Atmonia systems will not emit any GHGs from either ammonia production technology or the nitrification system.
The Atmonia System will deliver ammonium in an aqueous solution, which can also contain appropriate acid to form ammonium sulphate, ammonium nitrate (e.g. nitrate from Nitrification System) or Diammonium phosphate (DAP).
The Nitrification system uses ammonia (e.g. from the Atmonia System), calcium or potassium to form ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate or potassium nitrate in a water-based solution.
Any of the resulting aqueous ammonia and nitrate fertilizers described above can then be used directly on crops with any method for liquid fertilizer application.
Both the Atmonia System and Nitrification System can be applied as individual units on farm, or as a multiple-unit factory to produce fertilizer at large industrial scale quantities
The Atmonia System is ideal for use with renewable energy such as solar or wind, as it is intermittent, operating at ambient temperature and pressure.
The Atmonia System will be able to compete with brown ammonia on price when sustainable electricity can be sourced at low cost, as the primary cost for making ammonia with the Atmonia system is the local cost of electricity.
The Nitrification System will be able to produce nitrate fertilizers significantly under market price where an aqueous solution with 6% fertilizer can be used on crops. Atmonia will offer add-on systems for fertilizer concentration as needed.
From research to reality
Atmonia started as a research project by Professor Egill Skúlason at the University of Iceland in 2012. Quantum calculations by the research team, identified promising materials to be used as catalysts for nitrogen reduction to ammonia. Then in 2014 a collaboration was initiated with Innovation Center Iceland, to start experimental research on the materials identified. In 2016, when the project showed promising results, the team entered the Start-up Energy Reykjavík accelerator, and Atmonia was incorporated. Now Atmonia has 1 patents granted and additional 3 filed. In 2018 Atmonia began its own research into the Nitrification System as an add on product capable of turning ammonia into higher value nitrate fertilizers at a lower cost than is currently possible with existing industrial-standard technologies.