New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
We are beginning to create undergraduate design and analysis projects that address a chemical process very familiar to students - ammonia synthesis - with design objectives focused on sustainability. We are exploring potential strategies for zero-carbon-footprint, distributed, small-scale ammonia production for fertilizer at the farm using stranded wind or solar energy. This is a product of our research efforts that aim to make renewable and sustainable local ammonia production a realistic option for agricultural use; these approaches may also be of value for ammonia as fuel and as hydrogen-carrier. Our projects will have the added feature that the students will be able to analyze a small-scale wind-turbine-powered Haber-Bosch pilot plant (using water electrolysis for hydrogen) on a working corn research farm operated by our agriculture college.
Malmali, M., & Wagner, K., & Reese, M. H., & Cussler, E. L., & McCormick, A. V. (2016, June), Undergraduate Design Project Ideas in Sustainability: Rethinking Ammonia Synthesis Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27088
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