I D
× COMMENTARYCOVER STORYIN THE NEWSNEWSFRONTSCHEMENTATOR + Show More
Chemical Engineering MagazineChementator Briefs
PDH catalyst Last month, Clariant's Catalyst business (Munich, Germany; www.clariant.com)…
BUSINESS NEWSTECHNICAL & PRACTICALFEATURE REPORTFACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSTECHNOLOGY PROFILESOLIDS PROCESSINGENGINEERING PRACTICEEQUIPMENT & SERVICESFOCUS
Focus on Pumps
Self-priming, liquid-ring pumps enable hygienic operation The CFS AS/ASH Series…
NEW PRODUCTS + Show More

Comment Processing & Handling

A first commercial step towards on-site ammonia production

By Chemical Engineering |

A new company — Tsubame BHB Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan; www.tsubame-bhb.co.jp) — has been established to commercialize the world’s first on-site production of ammonia for supplying amino-acid synthesis, fermentation materials and fertilizers. The company — a joint venture of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., No. 1 UMI Limited Partnership (both Tokyo) and professor Hideo Hosono at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TiTech; Yokohhama) — began operations last April, and aims to implement first NH3 production by 2021. The production process will be based on a new catalyst that was developed in the laboratories of professor Hosono. The ruthenium-loaded electride — 12CaO.7Al2O3 (C12A7) — was found to be an order of magnitude more efficient than conventional Ru-based catalysts for ammonia production (for more details, see Chem. Eng., December 2012, p. 12; www.chemengonline.com/a-highly-active-catalyst-for-making-nh3). The development is expected to enable NH3 production at much milder conditions than the conventional Haber-Bosch process, thereby lowering costs. Ajinomoto, a producer of amino acids (including glutamic acid) and fermentation materials, has been involved in the joint-development in order to be able to supply its NH3 feedstock…
Related Content
Nitrogen fixation under ambient conditions
The transition-metal-catalyzed reduction of nitrogen is an alternative to the traditional energy-intensive Haber-Bosch process for producing ammonia. In these reaction…

Chemical Engineering publishes FREE eletters that bring our original content to our readers in an easily accessible email format about once a week.
Subscribe Now
Quadruple Sensor Lifetime with a Retractable Housing
Minimizing Explosion Risk Where Other Solutions Cannot
Minimizing Corrosion with Fast, Robust Gas Analysis
Lower Measurement Point Costs with Automatic pH Sensor Cleaning
Reduce the Risk of Corrosion in Fertilizer Production

View More

Live chat by BoldChat