thyssenkrupp Uhde and ADNOC collaborate on commercial-scale ammonia cracking plant

thyssenkrupp Uhde and ADNOC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore a long-term collaboration to build new hydrogen markets and enhance global clean energy value chains.

The agreement will concentrate on a cooperative project development of large-scale ammonia cracking, which is used to extract hydrogen from ammonia after transportation. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). The uhde reformer technology, used in over 130 large-scale chemical facilities worldwide, is the foundation of the ammonia cracking process.

According to the deal, the businesses will collaborate to create plans for massive ammonia cracking plants using thyssenkrupp technology. The agreement will also encourage the investigation of potential supply and shipping routes for clean ammonia from the UAE to significant ammonia cracking facilities throughout the world in the clean energy value chain.

Ammonia is essential

In order to power industries that are difficult to electrify, like long-distance transportation, chemicals, iron and steel, refining, marine fuel and power generation, haulage, and power generating, hydrogen is a crucial component of the energy transition. By 2050, according to the Hydrogen Council, hydrogen could supply 18% of the world’s energy needs. Because it is significantly simpler to compress and transport than hydrogen, ammonia is the perfect hydrogen carrier. Ammonia must be broken down, or “cracked,” into hydrogen after being transported and before being used in the energy value chain.

Hydrogen energy has no carbon dioxide emissions and only produces water as a byproduct. Ammonia cracking is becoming increasingly important for the expansion of the business as it expands internationally, with substantial demand coming from Germany and other European nations.

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