JERA, MHI demo project aims to boost ammonia co-firing at coal plants

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January 7 (Renewables Now) - Japanese companies JERA Co Inc and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (TYO:7011), or MHI, are kicking off a project to demonstrate greater ammonia co-firing at coal-fired boilers.

The aim of the eight-year project is to achieve co-firing with at least 50% ammonia.

The utility and the engineering group today said their grant application for the project under the Green Innovation Fund programme of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) has been approved. The size of the grant was not specified.

In addition to allowing easy transportation and storage of hydrogen, ammonia can be used directly in thermal power plants as a fuel which does not emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the companies explained.

They plan to develop a burner for single-fuel ammonia combustion by the 2024 fiscal year. JERA and MHI will then decide whether to install the burners at JERA's coal-fired boilers manufactured by MHI. By the 2028 fiscal year, the partners aim to verify co-firing with at least 50% ammonia at two units with different types of boilers.

The project is in line with JERA’s goal of reaching zero CO2 emissions by 2050 and MHI’s commitment to contribute to a carbon-neutral society.

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