Production of nitrogen fertilizers is one of the largest fossil energy inputs in Swedish agriculture. However, nitrogen fertiliser can be produced based on renewable resources, paving the way for a more sustainable food production and bioenergy. Using renewable energy for nitrogen fertilizer production is an opportunity to utilize renewable resources in a climate-and cost-effective way, while at the same time releasing nitrogen fertiliser prices from the fossil fuel energy market.
The project started in 2013 and finishes in 2014.
The aim of this study is to approach a practical implementation of nitrogen production based on renewable energy. The project will culminate in a report in which the conditions for starting a plant are investigated. The report can then serve as a basis for finding investments to an implementation phase. Issues to be studied include best choice of technology, energy and material yield, appropriate location, investment and operating costs.
The project is financed by the The Swedish Farmers' Foundation for Agricultural Research..
External partners are LTH.