Solving Climate Change, one car at a time

A History Lesson

How it works

Why use it?

  • High pressure fuel: With the combustion of ammonia, the volume actually increases, making the pressure in a closed system even greater. The higher the pressure, the larger ‘push’ the energy can be given. The rate of expansion is theoretically 1.057x, which is the highest out of any possible fuel.
  • No carbon emissions: Hydrogen and Nitrogen are released with the combustion of Ammonia, creating one of the cleanest burns a fuel can produce.
  • Simple fuel: Ammonia can be used for both a fuel cell and an internal combustion engine.
  • Untapped energy: The most reliable project with ammonia as a fuel cell
  • Quantity + Quality: 14 million tons of ammonia are produced in the US annually, making it one of the most transported substances in the US. The scaling up of ammonia isn’t an impossible task.
  • Gasoline is terrible: The extraction, transport, and combustion of gasoline have led to nothing but problems. Climate change, constant war, and massive instability have been the results of a world reliant on oil. This has to change.

Challenges of Ammonia

  • Storage: Ammonia isn’t a very dense substance, making storage a little harder with the amount of space needed.
  • Toxicity: Nitrogen oxide could be formed with the combustion of Ammonia, making it dangerous when it comes to the engine of the car.
  • Inertia: Any fuel change is going to have difficulties, and there is no exception here.

The Future

Ships actually use ammonia for transport, citing the carbon-free emissions to be the biggest reason to continue. With the need for carbon-free fuel rising by the day, we can expect ammonia to come into some form of fuel within the next couple of decades. At least for me, I’ll continue to look into this possible climate change solver, and maybe fit a car to run off it!

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Aniket Majumder

Aniket Majumder

I’m Aniket, and I’m interested in how we can make humans fundamentally better through better disease prevention and innovation.