RAPID Technology Showcase Featuring Starfire Energy

Thursday, October 12, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Topic: Ammonia - the carbon-free petroleum

RAPID Technology Showcases provide an opportunity for RAPID members to connect with and learn about fellow members' technologies and capabilities. We invite you to our next RAPID Technology Showcase featuring Starfire Energy on Thursday, October 12, 2023.

Join Joe Beach, Founder of Starfire Energy, where the showcase will focus on the usage of ammonia as a carbon-free analog to crude oil.

Decarbonization of our energy systems is essential for climate stabilization. Hydrogen has long been viewed as the carbon free fuel of the future, but its storage and transport difficulties make it impractical for large scale energy storage. Practical decarbonization requires either carbon-based fuels made from CO2 captured from the air or a change to nitrogen based fuels. Nitrogen is much easier to capture from the air than CO2 is, so Starfire Energy favors nitrogen based fuels. Crude oil is not a particularly good fuel, but its derivatives like gasoline are. Ammonia can be a carbon-free analog to crude oil. It is easily transported and stored, but it is difficult to ignite. However, we can use it to make blended carbon-free fuels with characteristics suitable for replacing natural gas, propane, gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel. Ammonia should not be viewed as “a hydrogen carrier" any more than crude oil is. It should be viewed as the practical basis for making better performing carbon-free fuels.

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