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The foul-smelling fuel that could power big ships

Engineers think ammonia, if made sustainably, could be a greener fuel for shipping, but challenges remain.Ammonia has an advantage as it contains no carbon, so can burn in an engine without emitting carbon dioxide.

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Matt Chester on Nov 9, 2020

There are challenges. Burning ammonia can create polluting nitrous oxides, therefore the exhaust needs cleaning up. It is also toxic, so requires careful handling and storage.

However, safety know-how and some port infrastructure are already in place, says Mr Soerensen, because the fertiliser industry is well-established.


Admittedly I know very little about the fertiliser industry, but for as much lessons as there are to learn from the industry that's already heavily using Ammonia, I would think this is quite apples to oranges because you aren't burning ammonia in fertiliser, right? 

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