Amogy tests ammonia-powered truck
Amogy Presents World’s First Ammonia-Powered, Zero-Emission Semi Truck
1st-ever ammonia-powered, 0-Emission Semi Truck
Showcasing retrofitted 2018 Freightliner Cascadia
Scaled its ammonia-to-power technology from 5kW to 300kW in under 18 months
Launching operations in Norway and announcing strategic partnerships in maritime
Amogy Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., has successfully tested what it is said is the first-ever ammonia-powered, zero-emission semi truck. Amogy is a “pioneer of emission-free, energy-dense ammonia power solutions,’’ according to a company press release.
“After integrating its technology into a 5 kW drone in July 2021 and 100kW John Deere tractor in May 2022, Amogy has quickly scaled its ammonia-to-power technology to 300 kW. Following an eight-minute-long fueling, the semi truck, having 900 kWh of total stored net electric energy, was tested for several hours on the campus of Stony Brook University. Later this month, the Amogy team will pursue a full-scale testing on a test track to showcase the truck’s performance under various real-world operating conditions.’’
This latest successful presentation “proves ammonia to be a viable, sustainable solution for the otherwise hard to abate heavy-duty trucking industries, which account for 23% of the total greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, according to the release.
Decarbonizing heavy-duty trucking has been challenging, with alternatives like battery power lacking the energy density needed to replace diesel for larger vehicles and long-distance routes with minimal down-times.
“Amogy’s ammonia-to-power system can enable the industry’s transition away from diesel-powered engines and to alternative fuel-to-power technologies,’’ according to company officials. “Unlocking ammonia’s potential, Amogy’s proprietary technology enables the on-board cracking of ammonia into hydrogen, which is then sent directly into a fuel cell to power the vehicle. Liquid ammonia has an energy density that is about three times greater than compressed hydrogen and it requires significantly less energy, making it cost-effective to store and transport.’’
Ammonia presents a path to a zero carbon-fuel value chain across all heavy duty transportation sectors thanks to existing transportation and storage infrastructure, analysts said. A global commodity, 200 million tons of ammonia are already produced and transported each year, making it an ideal and accessible alternative fuel.
“Beyond its incredible energy-density and liquid phase at an ambient temperature, ammonia is an optimal fuel to achieve rapid decarbonization of heavy transportations because it is available globally with existing infrastructure already in place,” said Seonghoon Woo, chief executive at Amogy.
Amogy will continue to pursue strategic partnerships across the global shipping and transportation industries. This includes the company’s ammonia-powered tugboat to be presented later this year, Woo said.
Founded in 2020 by four MIT PhD alumni with a shared vision, Amogy aims to enable the decarbonization of the heavy-duty transportation sector, accelerating the global journey towards Net Zero 2050. The company’s investors include Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, AP Ventures, SK, Saudi Aramco and DCVC.
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