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The timing is now. Macro trends favours more sustainable food systems, reduced cost of renewable energy and more circularity. ​​Farmers are looking for solutions

All along the value chain, – from farmers and consumer to policy makers and multinational corporations, the awareness increases and the need to improve the sustainability is clear.

More and more countries and companies introduce incentives and regulations to improve good production and make sustainability more profitable for food producers. Cost of renewable energy production is steadily decreasing, favouring decentralised power generation and self-consumption. Circularity is becoming along a linear value chain focusing on solution which preserve nutrients in the local value chain and stop losses.

​N2 Applied is in an advanced stage of technology development, and in the early phases of commercialisation. We’ve demonstrated and verified the effects on yield and emission under local farm conditions in several different markets with independent agencies. Now is the time to start a new fertiliser revolution. ​

“THE CIRCLE IS CLOSED –
AFTER 100 YEARS OF FERTILISER PRODUCTION DEPENDING ON FOSSIL FUELS”

At his office at Western Cape Engineering Corp. (Pty) Ltd, in the summer of 2023

Dr Joseph Nkosi (PhD Chemical Engineering) marvels:

“I never thought I would live to see this happen. My entire career has been dedicated to optimising one the most elegant processes ever seen, the Haber-Bosch ammonia process. The perfect stochiometry, unbeatable energy efficiency and carbon capture in one. The basis for the entire fertiliser industry as we know it.

Birkeland’s technology based on electricity is of course well know – but the fact that N2 Applied managed to split nitrogen in air commercially viable at small scale is a major breakthrough. Chemists simply considered it impossible and physicists at best of theoretical interest.
Why haven’t the world’s scientists taken on this challenge before? Now that it is done, it seems so obvious to everyone.”

“YES, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CAKE
AND EAT IT TOO”

Outside the Europa building, Brussels, one busy spring day in 2022

Senior Agricultural Policy Advisor Edith Lefevre is impressed:

“For twenty-five years we have worked on restructuring the EU farming landscape, and succeeded in recycling phosphate and potash from livestock production. The consumption of mineral phosphate fertiliser has dropped significantly in the EU. Now the time has finally come for the nitrogen.

Nitrogen is the most valuable organic building block and component in food production. 30-40% loss of nitrogen from livestock production is not only a loss of value, but much more an environmental issue of global significance.

The fact that this can now be addressed without taxation or heavy subsidies is a major breakthrough. N2 Applied combines the best of both worlds – the sustainability of organic farming and the efficiency of industrial fertiliser.”

“LOCAL FERTILISER PRODUCTION MAKES THE INVESTMENT IN A SOLAR FARM IN OUR VILLAGE VIABLE”

Chandelao, Rajastan, India, August 2024

Vasanth Rao Scindia, head of the local dairy cooperative, welcomes a new era for his community:

“The electricity supply is not reliable in our village, and the high cost of fertiliser is a structural problem forcing many local farmers to rely on manure and magic. 

Using N2 Applied’s system, we can now provide nitrogen to the irrigation systems and upgrade local sources of manure, phosphate and limestone.

The dual utilisation of solar power will even out the load, reduce the investment in batteries, and allow us to go for a larger scale power station.

The authorities have promised to subsidise both the solar farm and the basis for local fertiliser production. A huge boost for our community!”

“NOW WE CAN AVOID PAYING GATE FEES FOR THE DISPOSAL OF OUR DIGESTATE”

Biogasanlage Braunschweig, Germany, 2022

For operations manager Friedrich Möller, reducing ammonia emissions means business:

“As capacity grew, we were not able to handle the amount of ammonia in our digestate. We were spending a lot of money to get rid of excess ammonia – or risked having to pay high gate fees for the disposal of the digestate.
Now we see it as a resource that we can capture and upgrade and make valuable organic nutrient products. With N2 Applied’s unit, we are able to turn the ammonia into a fertiliser component and make money from what used to be a bottleneck.
Eliminating the cost of stripping out the ammonia is of huge value for our business. But the best news is: We can increase capacity without polluting.”

“A NATURAL RESOURCE TURNED FROM WASTE TO VALUE”

At their Montana family farm in 2024

Mildred and Gabriel Johnsen explain how N2’s technology converts loss to profit:

 “With all our focus on efficient meat production, handling the huge volume of manure has mostly been considered a burden. 

The manure contains Ammonia-N, but being a volatile component, it is all too easily lost as a plant nutrient. The key is binding ammonia-N with Nitrate-N to produce stable fertilizer at the farm – turning a natural resource from waste to value in the process.

With N2 Applied’s technology and renewable energy, we see the basis for closing the nutrient circle. I expect a really attractive payback on a rather modest investment.”

“DOUBLING MY YIELD IN ORGANIC FARMING – USING ONLY NATURAL RESOURCES”

At BioHof Wagner in Hollabrunn, Austria, in the autumn of 2022

Organic potato farmer Hannes Wagner is looking forward to this year’s harvest:

“I thought that biological nitrogen fixation alone would never produce enough proteins on the globally available arable land, and that organic farming required a nitrogen boost to be able to take the role of feeding the global population.

Today I am using plain air and green electricity to absorb activated air into the manure where it neutralizes harmful ammonia and provides balanced plant nutrients.  The N2 technology is helping me double my yield per hectare – using only natural resources.”