Northumbrian Water secure funding for project to turn ammonia into fuel

Northumbrian Water has secured £225k worth of funding from the Innovation in Water Challenge for a sector-first project which captures ammonia turning it into green hydrogen fuel.

The water company managed to secure the financial backing following a successful bid into the OFWAT Innovation Fund, where only 11 out of 61 bids were granted funding.

A second sector-wide bid, jointly written by NWG and Southern Water, also won one of the prestigious prizes, with £250k granted to create an industry hub for innovation.

The Organics Ammonia Recovery project, which is a first for the industry, will recover ammonia in wastewater and directly convert it into green hydrogen for beneficial use in the emerging hydrogen economy powering fuel cell powered buses, HGVs and trains.

Ammonia is a widely used building block for valuable chemicals, for example, fertiliser, or a used as a precursor to green energy.

By converting the recovered ammonia into hydrogen fuel, this will contribute to the Government’s green gas and renewable fuel agenda and accelerate the water sector’s journey to carbon zero.

The process, which will use new technology to recover the ammonia from wastewater, will also help to accelerate the water company towards its ambitious net zero targets.

Northumbrian Water, are leading the project, and are also working with partners at Organics Group, Anglian Water Services Ltd, Cranfield University, Warwick University, and Wood Group UK Ltd in order to progress it.

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