What will Atmonia do to get there?
Currently, all industrially produced nitrogen fertilizer is made from ammonia. The ammonia production is responsible for about 1% of the worlds yearly anthropogenic CO2 emissions . This is one of the processes identified in the Paris agreement, that need to be replaced with new, zero carbon technology.
The novel Atmonia process produces ammonia-based nitrogen fertilizer from air and water, with a zero carbon electrochemical process. It further eliminates emissions caused by shipping of ammonia and fertilizer as well as the conversion of ammonia to solid state fertilizer.
Fertilizer is essential to maximize the yield from harvested land. Thereof is nitrogen based fertilizer one of the main components. With a growing population and food demand, it is important to meet that increased demand with increased sustainable food production. At the same time, access to fertilizer has to be guaranteed, especially in the least developed counties where arable land is underperforming. With micro-scale fertilizer production units, the fertilizer can be produced locally, securing access thereto and increasing food security.
Overuse of nitrogen fertilizer can lead to serious pollution of groundwater, as a result of nitrate-leaching. By implementing precision agriculture with frequent and accurate distribution of fertilizer, the amount of fertilizer the harvested plants take up can be maximized, hence minimizing leaching.
The Atmonia system is therefor directly applicable for use in precision agriculture and with fertigation systems.
Renewable energy sources are a vital part of the development goals, but one of their major issues is their intermittency. To be able to utilize renewable energy to its fullest,and increase energy efficiency, processes have to handle intermittency well. As the Atmonia process operates at ambient temperature and pressure, it can easily be turned on and off in order to use the above base-load electricity when available.
Atmonia is an early stage chemical company rising from the fields of electrochemistry, surface science and engineering, all of which are male dominated fields. We pride ourselves in having a gender equal team and will strive to continue growing as a gender equal workplace.
Atmonia was founded on the basis of high impact scientific work from the University of Iceland and the Innovation Center Iceland. Direct relation to these institutes, as well as many other universities and research centers will benefit all members of community providing a strong knowledge transfer route.
Atmonia is an innovation driven scientific company with a core element of research and innovation. We are open to collaboration agreements to enhance and enduce our main goals to produce and develope sustainable nitrogen fertilizer production for on-site application.