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Ammonia Synthesis

Electricity generated from solar and wind farms is only as reliable as the amount of sun shining or wind blowing in the area at a given time. During off-peak hours, renewable electricity is over supplied. The lack of infrastructure in the power grid does not allow the efficient transmission of excess renewable electricity generated during off-peak hours. This problem is being solved by researchers at West Virginia University by converting renewable electricity to a liquid energy carrier: Carbon-neutral liquid fuels. The microwave catalytic technology developed at WVU will aid in transforming stranded renewable electricity into CNLFs that are readily produced and easily transported, like ammonia, while reducing production costs and environmental impact.

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