Green nitrogen: Innovative fertilizer production based on renewable energy

Reference number
Coordinator Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för energi och teknik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 439 000
Project duration January 2015 - August 2015
Status Completed
Venture Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation

Purpose and goal

In this project, we have investigated the possibilities for the production of mineral nitrogen fertilizer based on renewable energy. Green nitrogen is an important step towards a robust and sustainable food production, independent of fossil inputs. The project was divided into three work packages: the customer, the concept and the business. We conducted a business intelligence analysis and studied issues such as willingness to pay for green nitrogen and the potential of different technical concepts, from a practical, economic and environmental perspective.

Results and expected effects

In this project, we concluded that a pilot plant for the production of green nitrogen in Sweden would be a good first step toward a larger transition. A pilot can serve as a basis for technological development but also work as marketing. However, a pilot plant requires many millions in investment. The project has also shown that the market for green nitrogen is not fully mature - there is not yet a willingness to pay more for food produced without fossil inputs. Therefore much remains before production of green nitrogen can become a reality.

Approach and implementation

This project has been carried out by a group with expertise in research, chemical engineering and entrepreneurship. We have investigated the market potential for green nitrogen, by identifying stakeholders, their needs and willingness to pay. We conducted a business intelligence analysis, studied various technical concepts and discussed their advantages and disadvantages. The work has been carried out in small working groups with discussions in joint workshops.

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Last updated 25 November 2019

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