Flogas, Cardiff Uni join forces to develop ‘world-first’ ammonia steam boiler for UK industry


Off-grid energy supplier Flogas Britain (Flogas) and Cardiff University are developing an ammonia steam boiler that will help decarbonise off-grid businesses across the UK after the being awarded £3.4m ($4.3m) by the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero.

In a ‘world first’, the partners plan to develop the 1MW (megawatt) ammonia-fuelled steam boiler to demonstrate that ammonia is a viable and cost-effective renewable fuel for large energy users off the mains gas grid.

According to researchers from Cardiff University, the boiler is designed to overcome challenges associated with ammonia combustion including low flame speed and increased nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

Commenting on the project, James Rudman, Business Development Director at Flogas, said, “The off-mains industry in the UK is notoriously hard to decarbonise, and a lot of it is still powered by carbon-heavy oil, so finding cleaner, greener alternatives is a significant, pressing challenge.”

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