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Mike McMillan
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« on: September 28, 2020, 07:17:24 AM »

Could Ammonia be the new wonder fuel of the future (it might put Tesla out of business!)


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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 08:17:46 AM »

Whilst being an alternative energy storage medium, I very much doubt it will make any changes in the near future.🙂  Lower energy density, requires a lot of energy to produce (without hydrogen being produced from fossil fuel) and liquid ammonia has its own safety issues, too.

Currently there is no real spare (as in over-supply) green leccy for hydrogen generation - and very unlikely sufficient to satisfy mass heating requirements or use as road fuel.

0.880 ammonia solution is bad enough to work with in an enclosed space - I used a lot of that at one time, recovering Palladium - and liquid ammonia is far worse than that.

So yes, it has its uses.  But we need a lot more green energy and development before it could be seen as more than a bulk energy store or for use in specific areas, such as those suggested in the report.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2020, 11:51:21 AM »

Back in the late 70s, we did a lot of aqueous Ammonia soil injection as a crop fertiliser
All i remember is its evil stuff to store and handle. Im sure the COSH regs will prevent its wider public use
It burns skin, pollutes ground water in large spillages - harmful to marine life, is fatal if fumes are inhaled for long enough and destroys most metals
Unlike the bike and TV (and the beatles), i cant see it catching on

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