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A Plan To Save Coal Plants Needs Millions of Tons of Ammonia

  • Japan’s Jera says ammonia imports may jump 100-fold in 2030s
  • The goal faces numerous technical and commercial hurdles
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To keep coal-fired power plants running in an era of lower emissions, Japan’s top electricity producer aims to dilute the fossil fuel with ammonia. It’s a plan that would require further development of the technology and imports of the gas to surge at least 100-fold.

Replacing 20% of coal used by the country’s plants will need ammonia imports to reach 20 million tons a year from as soon as 2030 compared to about 200,000 tons now, according to Jera Co. By 2050, the company intends to run the plants entirely on the gas, a potential further jolt for global demand.