Trammo and Proton Ventures Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Worldwide Green Ammonia Projects
Schiedam, the Netherlands / Paris, France, 19 January 2021 – Trammo DMCC, a subsidiary of Trammo, Inc., a leading global commodities merchandising and trading company, and Proton Ventures BV, an engineering company in the Netherlands specialised in ammonia technology, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for joint cooperation on green ammonia projects. As part of the joint cooperation, Proton Ventures would construct green ammonia production units, storage facilities and import and export terminals (“NFuel Projects”) and subsequently supply the green ammonia produced through wind and solar energy to Trammo. Trammo, the world’s leading independent marketer and transporter of ammonia with more than 55 years of ammonia marketing and logistics experience, would offtake and market the green ammonia and transport it to customers around the world using its fleet of specialized refrigerated vessels.
Christophe Savi, Head of Trammo’s Ammonia Division, said: “We are pleased and proud to use Trammo’s long-standing transportation and distribution expertise to develop green ammonia projects. Trammo strongly supports sustainable systems as well as environmentally friendly solutions and intends to participate actively, together with its existing suppliers and other participants, in the industry’s green transition. We believe that this innovative partnership with Proton Ventures will create great synergies between our respective companies, allowing us collectively to service the global decarbonization process while adding new key logistics solutions for many of our partners in the marketplace.”
Hans Vrijenhoef, CEO of Proton Ventures, says: “We are thrilled with this MOU with Trammo. From a technical point of view Proton Ventures will take the lead to organize, design and execute NFuel Projects on behalf of our clients. We believe that the participation of Trammo as offtaker, with its extensive experience, reputation for reliability and global marketing network, will ensure the required offtake agreements for the projects.”
Trammo is a leading international merchandising and trading company that markets, trades, transports and distributes key raw materials used in industrial processes and fertilizer production globally. The Company is a market leader in anhydrous ammonia, sulfur, sulfuric acid and petroleum coke. In addition, Trammo is a producer and marketer of nitric acid in the United States. The history of Trammo spans more than 55 years. For more information, visit: https://www.trammo.com/
About Proton Ventures
Proton Ventures is a technology company that is working to make the global energy transition a reality. The company specializes in ammonia related technologies and products, including storage concepts for chemical and liquid energy carriers. Proton Ventures designs and builds pressurised and refrigerated ammonia storage facilities, small scale ammonia production facilities ‘NFuel’ units as well as SCR processes. For more information visit: https://protonventures.com/
Successful start-up of TertiNOx system at site in Greece
Schiedam, The Netherlands / Kongens Lyngby, Denmark 14 January 2021 – End October 2020 Proton Ventures BV, an engineering company in the Netherlands specialised in ammonia technology, and Haldor Topsoe, global leader in catalysis, technology, and services for the chemical and refining industries, successfully started-up the first TertiNOx™ system at one of the biggest nitric acid producers in Southern Europe, Kavala Fertilisers LTD, Greece.
Nitric Acid plants are now globally striving to reduce both NOx (acid rain precursor) and N2O (298x CO2 equivalents) emissions.
Proton Ventures as the main engineering contractor, conducted the Basic (along with Haldor Topsoe) and Detailed Engineering Project for the deNOx and N2O reduction emissions in the major Nitric Acid production plant in Greece. Proton Ventures is procuring this combined NOx & N2O tertiary Topsoe catalyst (TertiNOx™) which is highly active for NOx removal and will ensure compliance with any NOx regulations while eliminating also N2O. The unique cooperation between Haldor Topsoe and Proton Ventures places the client as best in class concerning environmental emission from the nitric acid plant.
Apart from the environmental benefits, reducing N2O emissions from nitric acid units is a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and therefore save on CO2 tax credits. The new Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system managed to reach 99% conversion for both NOx and N2O while ensuring safe operations of the plant with a low slip of ammonia (<5ppm).
‘With the new deNOx&N2O removal system, we are very proud to be able to outperform the current Best Available Technologies achieving extremely low emission levels‘, states Dr. Theodora Kouloura, Chief Operations Officer at Kavala Fertilisers LTD.
“The specific project has been of major importance for the plant and local community as it eliminated toxic emissions (NOx) present as a yellow plume for more than three decades. Additionally one N2O molecule counts for 300 CO2 molecules as a greenhouse gas equivalent. Therefor the environmental footprint of the unit has been dramatically reduced by 36.000 tonne CO2 equivalents. Seeing the people in the control room clapping has been a thrilling moment that justified all our efforts to retrofit this catalytic reactor,” according to George Dodoros, SCR Product Manager at Proton Ventures.
“We are thrilled to see the excellent performance and positive climate effect of Topsoe’s TertiNOx™ technology in its first application world-wide. Globally, it is very important to reduce emissions of the extremely potent greenhouse gas N2O as well as NOx, and this project has shown that TertiNOx™ does that in a very cost-effective and efficient way. We are extremely proud to fight climate change together with Proton Ventures and the customer,” says Janus Münster-Swendsen, Business Development Manager at Haldor Topsoe.
About Proton Ventures
Proton Ventures is a technology company that is working to make the global energy transition a reality. The company specializes in ammonia related technologies and products, including storage concepts for chemical and liquid energy carriers. Proton Ventures designs and builds pressurized ammonia storage facilities, small scale ammonia production facilities ‘NFuel’ units as well as SCR processes. For more information visit: https://protonventures.com/
About Haldor Topsoe
Haldor Topsoe is a global leader in supply of catalysts, technology, and services to the chemical and refining industries. Topsoe aims to be the global leader within carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. By perfecting chemistry for a better world, we enable our customers to succeed in the transition towards renewable energy. Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark and serves customers around the globe. In 2019, our revenue was approximately DKK 6 billion, and we employ more than 2,300 employees. www.topsoe.com
Proton Ventures wins SABIC Challenge and investigates the possibility of a green ammonia production plant
Schiedam November 17, 2020 – On October 2, Proton Ventures received an innovation contract from BioVoice Innovation & Business Booster for the SABIC Hydrogen Challenge. This innovation contract with a pilot assignment gives Proton the opportunity to conduct a feasibility study. It is being investigated whether it is technically and economically feasible to build a green ammonia plant with the aim of locally producing 8,500 tons of green ammonia per year at SABIC’s production location, Bergen op Zoom.
SABIC Bergen op Zoom produces hydrogen as a by-product of chlorine production without releasing CO2. This hydrogen is formed from water by electrolysis and can therefore be considered green. Currently, the hydrogen produced is incinerated, after which the heat is (largely) reused in processes. SABIC is looking for a more sustainable solution for the use of hydrogen and has issued a challenge for this. Hydrogen is an important raw material for ammonia (NH3). In addition to a fertilizer, ammonia is also an energy carrier, NFuel.
“Ammonia is not only a fertilizer raw material, but also a good energy carrier. After years of discussion about the use of ammonia as an energy carrier, there is an increasing tendency to use ammonia in various fuel applications, such as marine fuel and fuel for the automotive industry. The technology of Proton is seen by SABIC as a possible solution to their energy challenge, where we expect this technology to be able to use their surplus hydrogen at an attractive market value and at the lowest cost. Proton wants to realize an 8,500 tonne NFuel plant on site of SABIC, where the sale of ammonia can ultimately be sold to the fertilizer and/or energy sector”, says Hans Vrijenhoef, CEO Proton Ventures BV.
Vrijenhoef indicates that the energy content of 8,500 tons of NFuel corresponds to 80 GWh of energy content of which approximately 30% could ultimately satisfy the power usage of approximately 7,500 households.
During construction and commissioning of the NFuel plant, part of it is also returned as green ammonia to an existing fertilizer producer in the initial phase. This ammonia is produced without the CO2-emitting steam methane reforming (SMR) technology that is responsible for many CO2 emissions worldwide. Therefore, no natural gas is used in this process.