Creating On-Farm Fertilizers Without Fossil Fuels


Creating On-Farm Fertilizers Without Fossil Fuels

Tim Hammerich

This is Tim Hammerich from the Ag Information Network with your Farm of the Future report.

Over the past century, farmers have been able to dramatically increase yields. Many factors contributed to this, including the availability of nitrogen fertilizers. But the Haber-Bosch process for producing fertilizer depends on burning fossil fuels. Nico Pinkowski and his team at Nitricity are marketing a different approach.

Pinkowski… “In principle, it’s a very simple approach. What we are working on is taking air, water and electricity, renewable energy, and creating fixed nitrogen. Nitrogen is in the air around us and you have all the ingredients to make fertilizer from whatever is available on a farm: no natural gas or an extended supply chain needed.

Nitricity’s technology was originally developed for on-farm installation so growers could produce their own fertilizer.

Pinkowski… “We call it a fertilizer flash reactor. And so to begin with, you know, we build projects, it takes electricity. And it’s very bright. It looks like a mini lightning bolt and it’s contained in a reactor. So it’s literally lightning in a bottle. And you know, our innovation is that we develop these reactors to break down nitrogen in the air and we power them with renewable energy. And that’s what our team is building. We are building these reactors and hope they will act as a bridge between the renewable energy industry and the fertilizer industry, avoiding the need for natural gas or coal and the production of this important chemical.

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