The demonstration took place on May 25th in which Amogy’s highly-efficient ammonia-to-power technology was successfully integrated into a John Deere mid-size standard tractor. The unique system is comprised of a standard liquid-storage tank and highly efficient ammonia-cracking modules integrated into a hybrid fuel cell system, which can provide consistent primary power for several hours per refuelling. This enables the pioneering vehicle to maintain the functionality and duration requirements operators rely on to support farming tasks, which has never been offered with other alternative energy solutions. The ammonia-powered tractor was driven for separate periods, with a refuelling session in between. Refuelling a tractor with liquid ammonia is fast and simple, similar to gas or diesel refuelling.
“We’re thrilled to be demonstrating our zero-emission ammonia power solution in action in a tractor for the first time ever” said Amogy CEO Seonghoon Woo. “Ammonia is a viable zero-emission fuel for all heavy-duty vehicles, but especially farming and agriculture, where the readily-available chemical has been used as a fertilizer for decades. Amogy is at the forefront of efforts to establish zero-carbon ammonia as a leading fuel for these vehicles. Ammonia offers a high energy density and there are plentiful existing infrastructures, such as pipelines, terminals and storage methods, in the US and globally, to support such a transition.”
This tractor demonstration was made possible by the rapid scaling of Amogy’s technology platform following its two funding rounds in 2021, Seed and Series A, which were supported by Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, AP Ventures, and DCVC. The company has achieved a twenty-fold increase in the power capacity of its technology over the past year. This first heavy-duty vehicle demonstration and scalability of Amogy’s solution underscores the viability of the platform to support the decarbonisation of the broader heavy-duty transport sectors, including trucking, shipping, and more.
“Decarbonising the transportation sector remains a challenge in the global journey to net-zero emissions, with few alternative fuel and power options available for heavy-duty vehicles operating in the ground mobility and cargo shipping industries” added Mr Woo. “As we continue our work to lead innovations in ammonia-based fuel solutions, the Amogy team believes this demonstration and future ones, including Class 8 trucks and shipping vessels to be demonstrated in the next 12 months, will accelerate the adoption of ammonia as the next generation fuel to replace polluting diesel engines with an emission-free solution among transportation industry sectors and investment partners.”
With the existing support from its impressive investors, Amogy is focused on expanding its platform to showcase the viability of compact ammonia power technologies in other applications and vehicles, including demonstrations up to 1MW slated for the coming year.
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