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Technological Applications

Agriculture

Approximately 80% of all ammonia produced is consumed in agriculture as fertilizer.  Foods grown with ammonia-based nitrate fertilizers feed about one half of the world’s population. Ammonia is a critical component in the production of fertilizers. The Haber-Bosch process, the antiquated method in which ammonia is currently produced, requires fossil fuels and creates nearly two tons of CO2 for every ton of ammonia it creates.

Our process can tap into renewable energy to create virtually no emissions in the production of ammonia.


Energy Storage & Distribution

Ammonia is stored, transported, and converted back to electrical energy. The efficiency and application of energy conversion to a storage medium like ammonia are commercially superior to other technologies currently available.


Emission-Free Fuel for Transportation

Today, more than 80% of the world’s energy is derived from fossil fuels. These same fossil fuels are the main contributors to world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Ammonia, as a hydrogen carrier, promises to play an important role in the world energy market. This will reduce the world’s dependence on hydrocarbon fuels, which would help solve many of the world’s environmental issues.


Water

LERC’s proprietary solid-oxide electrochemical cell design and related science can be deployed and commercialized in many ways; not only in association with manufacturing important industrial chemicals for agriculture and other global industries, but also in association with providing some of the world population’s critical elements in areas where such resources are scarce. LERC’s first development of its core technology outside of electrochemical manufacturing of chemicals is poised to do just that – to extract potable water from hydrocarbons substantially cheaper and environmentally friendlier than current technologies.