2023 - Volume #47, Issue #3, Page #02[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New System Makes Anhydrous On The Farm
Having undergone vigorous testing at their fabricator shops, their first pilot system is nearing completion and will soon move onto a Sperling, Manitoba, farm.
The sustainable energy company’s technology uses a 3-part, electrolyzer-based system to produce anhydrous ammonia. Their target customers are farmers already familiar with the gas, are using it on their farms, and are competent with its safety processes.
Inside several secured standard-sized 20-ft. shipping containers built to handle weather extremes from Canadian winters to equatorial desert heat, an initial container holds a nitrogen generator which, in simple terms, applies electricity to induce pressure swings and pull nitrogen from the air.
A second container contains a hydrogen generator that utilizes green electricity to convert water into hydrogen gas.
“In basic terms, it’s like positive and negative booster cables inserted into a cup of water,” says Nelson Leite, FuelPositive COO. “The hydrogen is released and captured as a light gas. The more you separate the moisture from the hydrogen, the purer it gets.”
These two feed gases feed into a series of converters that heat and pressurize them. An added catalyst enables a chemical reaction that binds them into an NH3 molecule (ammonia). This gas is cooled and condensed into a liquid form, then separated as pure ammonia and stored in a separate tank.
“We want it to be virtually maintenance-free without needing an operator,” Leite says. “Like a water heater in the basement, if the water is hot, it’s got to be working. If it runs out, you wait for it to build back up. There’s nothing for the farmer to do. It runs on its own, and fills up the tank with anhydrous ammonia.”
The locked, 20-ft. long, compartmentalized containers are placed on the farm along with a connected, pressurized tank that collects and stores the created anhydrous ammonia. A single unit is targeted to run year-round with the storage tank sized to fit. It would produce 100 tons of anhydrous ammonia per year, or enough for an average 1,500 to 2,000-acre farm. A small water purification system, along with approximately 500 liters of water per day, is required to run the process. A supply of 600 volts of power is also needed.
FuelPositive’s goal is to manufacture all the various components in North America, eventually having everything closer to their company site.
He says the system isn’t bound by extra regulations in Canada as it doesn’t produce enough ammonia to be considered an issue, although the storage tank requires specific permits. Their pilot farm is completing preparations to receive the equipment in the coming months, which include building an access road, installing the storage tank, clarifying permits and regulations, plus connecting a water system that won’t freeze in the winter.
FuelPositive began taking pre-orders in August 2022 at an MSRP of just under $1 million (Candian), plus or minus options. The company has received multiple solid commitments along with many more verbal pledges to purchase.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nelson Leite, FuelPositive, 420 Weber St. N., Unit G, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 4E7 (ph 416-535-8395; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.fuelpositive.com).
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