It is confirmed – Innovation Norway has reviewed our application and come to the conclusion that N2 Applied’s prototype testing of Direct Nitrogen fixation in Biogas plants qualifies for funding through
the Environment Technology development Fund (Miljøteknologiordningen). Given the passing of this decision gate it is reason to believe the prototype testing at reference customer Cambi’s pilot plant at Hamar will qualify for the Norwegian Research Council’s Tax deduction (Skattefunn) scheme as well (to be confirmed by December 2013) . Together the allowances from the Environment Technology Development Fund and NRC’s Tax deduction scheme enables N2 Applied to run our 2 year prototype testing – April 2013 to March 2015 – as planned. Good news indeed.
To recapitulate: The main objective of the project is to develop an energy efficient process for direct nitrogen fixation from air to produce NO. The commercial justification of the solution will be shown through installation and testing of a prototype for one of many applications for this technology: Biogas.
The commercial solution we are building consists of two physical components:
1. The plasma reactor
The critical parameter is energy efficiency. If we are able to realize an energy efficiency of 36 GJ/tN – or less – we have succeeded. The ammonia process in fertilizer plants based on captive gas in the Middle East or North Africa have an energy efficiency of exactly 36 GJ/tN. In addition they have cost related to transport and logistics from the Middle East to agricultural areas of the world. Our plasma reactor is small – designed for producing NO locally. A test unit is produced in cooperation with our development partner SBI GmbH i Hollabrunn i Østerrike.
2. The application
When we have developed the energy efficient plasma reactor it will be in demand within a number of areas and industries:
– Local fertilizer production – both fluid and solid
– Sewage and water treatment
– Metalurgical industry
– Chemical industry
– Organic farming
– Industrial fertilizer production
The plasma reactor is core in all the applications, but need tailormaking to optimize use of the plasma reactor per application.
We have chosen Biogas as our first application. The objective of the project is to demonstrate how the profitability of a biogas plant can be enhanced through giving the plant a third product: Upgrade the
bio-rest (today an almost worthless biproduct) to a valuable and marketable endproduct – fertilizer – through adding NO gas by the help of the N Fix technology. Cambi AS from Asker, Norway, has a biogass pilot plant in Hamar. There the N Fix prototype will be installed and optimized, and there the business case for the technology will be proved. The biogas technology focuses on the energy ratio of the biological content. The N Fix technology is complementary in principle.
The project started primo April 2013 – we are on track.