Offering small-scale NH3 production plants

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Beowulf Energy LLC announced it has acquired the rights to N-Flex distributed ammonia technology — a process that converts low-cost natural gas or stranded electrical power to high-value nitrogen products. Production of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer can be produced at the point of demand.

Ammonia production was commercialized 99 years ago and until now has focused on developing larger mega plants in gas rich nations like Trinidad, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has become a major ammonia importer and now faces shortages after 40 percent of U.S. production was dismantled during the past decade as U.S. natural gas prices spiked.

N-Flex’s small-scale distributed ammonia production is positioned to succeed under the new conditions of low-cost natural gas, high-price ammonia and extreme logistics challenges for the transport of ammonia to the farmers that use over 90 percent of the supply.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission recently approved a $1 million grant to N-Flex to deploy its nimble and highly efficient mobile units to convert North Dakota’s flared gas into ammonia fertilizer. North Dakota’s oil boom has outpaced the infrastructure needed to capture associated gas causing over 30 percent of the state’s energy-rich gas to be flared.

Simultaneously, farmers in North Dakota and across the U.S. are facing ammonia shortages and paying record levels for imported ammonia. North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms stated that the N-Flex technology is a win for everyone, describing it as an “incredible synergy between North Dakota’s two largest industries, agriculture and oil.”

The N-Flex technology was developed on an exclusive basis with Ammonia Casale and Proton Ventures, and Beowulf has the exclusive rights to deploy these small scale units in North America. “Beowulf recognizes the importance of distributed ammonia production and sees N-Flex’s approach as the leading technology to convert gas to liquids to benefit both energy and agricultural markets, said Paul Prager, founder and CEO of Beowulf Energy.

“We are thrilled to expand our vision to utilize the independence created by domestic shale oil production to bring food security back to the U.S. where we currently import over 70 percent of the fertilizer needed to feed our country,” said Neil Cohn, founder of N-Flex. Cohn will join Beowulf to continue developing the distributed ammonia business.

Although North Dakota natural gas is referenced in this announcement, Cohn also noted the availability of low-cost natural gas nationally, which makes an N-Flex small-scale ammonia production facility appropriate for many ag retailers to contract for construction.

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Ron Wagner    
Decatur, IL  |  December, 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM

Flaring is an economic sin. This is one of the best answers to end this waste. Natural gas is the future of energy. It is replacing dirty old coal plants, and dangerous expensive nuclear plants. It will fuel cars, vans, buses, locomotives, aircraft, ships, tractors, air conditioners, engines of all kinds. It costs far less. It will help keep us out of more useless wars, where we shed our blood and money. It is used to make many products. It lowers CO2 emissions. Over 3,200 natural gas story links on my free blog. An annotated bibliography of live links, updated daily. The worldwide picture of natural gas. ronwagnersrants . blogspot . com

ND  |  December, 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM

Very much agree with your first statement. Your second is quite erroneous!! You may want to check into pressurized fluidized bed combustion and you will be quite surprised to find that coal can be burnt even cleaner than natural gas. There is just too much money being made running the older plants though so don't expect things to change any time soon! Natural gas and CNG is not a panacea in fact for a mobile application both are a pain. Now for stationary we would likely be closely aligned. Oil companies flare because there is just no value to them spending the money to link into the pipelines at today's prices - - but then you knew that right?

Ron Wagner    
Decatur, IL  |  December, 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM

Farm equipment suppliers need to start offering CNG and LNG equipment and conversions for large farms. Saving a third of the cost of fuel will make attractive payback times for the cost. CNG can be delivered in containers like propane, but far cheaper for the fuel. If the farmer has piped gas, he can fill it from there.

CalgaryAlberta  |  December, 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM

The amount of flaring these days is small compared to what it was ten and twenty years ago. I remember 40 foot high torches all across the horizon, burning every day and night for many years. What a crime! However, there is still a lot of valuable fuel being wasted. These mini NH3 plants are a fantastic idea. Local greenhouses with a free heat source is another fantastic idea, environmental offset credits could be issued to companies sponsoring new greenhouses rather than flaring. And in some cases, rather than flare, why not put up a storage vessel and a no-service cardlock and let locals fill their vehicles at a discounted price, and just flare the excess capacity?

Charleston, South Carolina  |  March, 10, 2013 at 03:49 PM

informative post thanks

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