In the drive to decarbonise the hard-to-abate transport sector, carbon-free power solutions company Amogy has signed a deal with e-fuels provider Infinium to jointly study and identify the most suitable applications to deploy their e-fuels and green ammonia solutions.
Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the partners will explore the potential for Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology to produce green hydrogen as feedstock for Infinium e-fuels.
According to a statement, once identifying suitable applications, the companies will undertake strategic pilot programmes leading to the development of commercial use cases.
“Ingenuity and collaboration are critical to creating decarbonisation solutions today,” said Robert Schuetzle, CEO at Infinium. “Our partnership with Amogy will go a long way toward helping advance our ability to rapidly scale the production of ultra-low carbon Infinium e-fuels, including eSAF (sustainable aviation fuel), e-diesel and e-naphtha.”
Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology uses specific catalyst materials to crack ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. Clean hydrogen can then be synthesised with CO2 captured either from a concentrated source or from the air to produce e-fuels.
Commenting on the deal, Seonghoon Woo, CEO of Amogy, sees value in uniting the partners’ expertise and resources to unlock opportunities that may pave the way for sustainable solutions.
“This partnership reflects a shared commitment to accelerating technologies that can contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in the heavy industry sectors,” he added.
Rapid deployment of low-emission fuels during this decade will be crucial to accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector, stated the International Energy Association (IEA) in its recently released ‘The Role of E-fuels in Decarbonising Transport’ report.
Fuels like hydrogen, ammonia and synthetic hydrocarbons could also be easier to deploy than other emerging low- and zero-carbon technologies.
Having partnered with both Infinium and Amogy, engineering giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is also exploring potential collaboration for new solutions and applications in the development of energy sector projects.
“Decarbonising heavy industries requires numerous approaches that can concurrently and collaboratively help mitigate greenhouse (GHG) emissions,” said Ricky Sakai, Senior Vice President of New Business Development at MHI of America.
To ramp up the supply of e-fuels across the entire transport sector, global e-fuel —- eFuel Alliance recommends setting an ‘ambitious but realistic’ sub-target of at least 5% by 2030, for so-called renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) – a term that includes both renewable hydrogen and hydrogen-derived synthetic fuels.
In addition, the organisation recommended setting an interim RFNBO target of at least 2.6% by 2028 to trigger immediate investment in large-scale production of e-fuels and facilitate meeting the 2030 target.