Callahan, Michael P.
Kmiotek, Stephen J.
This reviews the history of the ammonia industry and its use as a nitrogen rich fertilizer. The economic comparison shows a breakeven point for a current medium-scale ammonia plant to be five years with a production cost of $600/ton, where the patented process plant can break even in less than two years and has a relative production cost of $232/ton. It was found in the environmental comparison that the patented process, if scaled globally, would address and eliminate 7% of the total CO2 emissions on the planet. Lab works as well as calculations were made to predict and recommend continuing research to further optimize the industrial production of ammonia and related fertilizers.
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