Distributed Ammonia Synthesis

Originally delivered Dec 21, 2016
Developed by: AIChE
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This 60-minute webinar describes a research project that takes wind—which is too far from urban areas to be used—and turns it into ammonia used on local farms. This project involves a small plant which raises the question: What will happen to the chemical industry when the plant is not fed from a tanker or pipeline? You’ll learn the answer for corn-based ethanol plants is clear—they are small and scattered because much of the ethanol cost is moving the corn to the plant. You’ll then explore the answer for expensive antibiotics—so little is made will it remain, centralized? And what about other chemical products? By the end of this webinar, you’ll have a vision of a different chemical industry based on scaling down processes to harvest local energy.

Take a look at your agenda:

  • Why synthetic ammonia is important
  • New questions raised by small-scale production
  • Scaling down processes to harvest local energy - a look at the research
  • Re-thinking current processes for producing ammonia

Edward L. Cussler

Edward L. Cussler, currently Distinguished Institute Professor at the University of Minnesota, received his B.E. with honors from Yale University in 1961, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 and 1965, respectively, working with E. N. Lightfoot. After 13 years teaching at Carnegie-Mellon University, Cussler joined the University of Minnesota in 1980. He has written over 240 articles and five books, including Diffusion, Bioseparations, and more recently, Chemical Product Design.

Cussler has received the Colburn and Lewis Awards from...Read more

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