The Hydrogen Stream: Acme to supply 100,000 tons per annum of green ammonia to Yara

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India’s Acme Cleantech has signed a firm and binding agreement for the supply of 100,000 tons per annum of green ammonia to Yara, a Norwegian crop nutrition company and a global leader in ammonia trade and shipping ammonia.

“The long-term offtake agreement between Yara and Acme covers the supply of 100,000 tons per annum of renewable ammonia and is possibly the world’s first arm’s length contract for renewable ammonia of this scale and tenure,” stated Yara.

Acme will supply renewable ammonia from the first phase of its Oman project with an expected start date in 2027. It is building the green ammonia project in Oman with a planned capacity of 900,000 ton per annum in a phased manner.

Yara will serve as an anchor customer for Acme’s solar-based ammonia project being developed in Oman.

Ashwani Dudeja, director of ACME Group, said, “This agreement [with Yara] is only a start and will facilitate further cooperation between the two companies while playing a vital role in accelerating the adoption of green hydrogen and its derivatives…. with the signing of this contract, we aim to become the world’s first large scale producer of green ammonia.”

“The renewable ammonia from Oman will be part of our scalable distribution system, developing a reliable, safe, and cost-efficient supply chain for low-emission ammonia across different market segments,” said Magnus Ankarstrand, President, Yara Clean Ammonia.

Acme Group is one of the largest private-sector power producers in India with a portfolio of more than 8.5 GWp of renewable energy capacity under operation and various stages of implementation.

India’s Union Minister for Steel and Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, virtually inaugurated India’s first green hydrogen plant in stainless steel sector located at Jindal Stainless Ltd, Hisar. It is purportedly the world’s first off-grid green hydrogen plant for the stainless steel industry and the world’s first green hydrogen plant with rooftop and floating solar. This project, a state-of-the-art green hydrogen facility, targets to reduce carbon emissions by around 2,700 metric tonnes per annum and 54,000 tons of CO2 emissions over next two decades. The project has been executed by Gurugram-based Hygenco.

Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) has confirmed its commitment to the development of hydrogen-fueled power units across different disciplines and competitions. “FIA will focus its efforts on contribution to development and promotion of solutions based on hydrogen stored in liquid form (LH2),” said the organization, which oversees racing events such as Formula 1. FIA is betting on liquid storage due to its lower volume and weight compared to compressed gas tanks (CGH2).

PT PLN has inaugurated the Kamojang green hydrogen production facility in West Java, Indonesia. It is the first geothermal-based green hydrogen production plant in Southeast Asia. Geothermal-based green hydrogen is produced from condensation water from the Kamojang PLTP electricity production process.“We built the plant at Kamojang with a production capacity of 4.3 tons per year,” said PT PLN President Darmawan Prasodjo. The company also recently inaugurated Indonesia’s first hydrogen vehicle filling station in Jakarta. “The new station shows PLN’s continued efforts and innovation in developing an end-to-end hydrogen ecosystem in Indonesia, after in November 2023 inaugurating 21 green hydrogen plants (GHP),” the company said in a separate press release. The company can produce 203 tons of green hydrogen per year and said it wants to use 128 tons “to support the development of the hydrogen vehicle ecosystem.”

OMV Petrom has signed two financing contracts to build two green-hydrogen production facilities with a total capacity of 55 MW at the Petrobrazi refinery in Romania. The Austrian company said it signed the contracts with the Romanian Ministry of Energy for a maximum funding amount of €50 million ($54.2 million), with the total investment coming it at EUR 140 million. It noted that public support comes from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), a funding facility supported by the European Commission.

Powerhouse has signed an initial five-year framework agreement with Australia-based National H2 for multiple hydrogen-based projects in Australia, Italy, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. “The agreement sets out the terms on which the company’s technology and engineering expertise would be provided, on a project-by-project exclusivity basis, to National H2,” said Powerhouse. Engsolve, a wholly owned subsidiary of Powerhouse, will undertake the front-end engineering design (FEED) for the facilities, which will be fully funded by National H2.

Siemens Energy has agreed to supply HH2E with high-voltage systems and power transformers, which are essential components for its large-scale green hydrogen production units across Germany. The two companies said HH2E’s strategy focuses on maximizing the use of curtailed power, in order to convert untapped green electrons into green hydrogen production.

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