2015 NH3 Fuel Conference

September 20 – 23, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL


Schedule of presentations
NH3 Fuel Vehicle Demonstration


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Curse of Shiny Objects
David Garman, Decker, Garman, Sullivan / former U.S. Under Secretary of Energy
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NH3 Fuel News, Global Update: Let’s Roll
Norm Olson, Chair, NH3 Fuel Association / Iowa Energy Center, BECON Facility
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Potential Strategies for Distributed, Small-Scale Sustainable Ammonia Production
Alon McCormick*, Ed Cussler, Prodromos Daoutidis, Paul Dauenhauer, Lanny Schmidt, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Roger Ruan, Doug Tiffany, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Steve Kelley, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Mike Reese, West Central Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota
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Piloting a Combined Heat & Power Distributed Generation System Powered by Anhydrous Ammonia
Eddie Sturman, Sturman Industries
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My Solar Hydrogen and Ammonia, and Ammonia Tractor Fuel and Fertilizer System
Jay Schmuecker, The Raphael Schmuecker Memorial Solar-Hydrogen System
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Ammonia-Hydrogen dual fuel tractor demonstration
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Hydrogen Fueled Power Source Comparison
David Toyne, Solutions For Automation
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Ammonia for low-temperature fuel cells
Bill David, ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory / Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford
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Current progress in development of NH3-fueled solid-state fuel cell systems
T. Okanishi*, K. Okura, J. Yang, H. Muroyama, T. Matsui, M. Kishimoto, M. Saito, H. Iwai, H. Yoshida, K. Eguchi, Kyoto University; H. Iwai, K. Inaoka, S. Suzuki, Y. Takahashi, Noritake; T. Horiuchi, H. Yamasaki, Nippon Shokubai; S. Matsumoto, H. Kubo, Toyota Industries; J. Kawahara, A. Okabe, Mitsui Chemical; Y. Kikkawa, T. Negishi, S. Watanabe, Tokuyama
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Hydrogen Generation from Ammonia for PEM Fuel Cells
Yoshitsugu Kojima, Institute for Advanced Materials Research, Hiroshima University
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Ammonia as an Energy Carrier – Update from the Netherlands
Anish Patil, Proton Ventures
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Wind to Ammonia on the High Seas at $200 per ton
Garrett Smith, Wind Fisher
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A Design for NH3 Auto Fueling Stations
Brandon Iglesias, Reactwell
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Ammonia Neighborhood Energy Stations – For Power, CHP and Transport
Steve Wittrig, Clean Air Task Force
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Electrolysis of Liquid Ammonia; Enabling the Renewable Fuel of the Future
Thomas W. Hamann, Daniel J. Little*, Milton R. Smith Michigan State University, Department of Chemistry
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High Efficiency Low Cost Electrochemical Ammonia Production
Stephen Szymanski, Julie Renner*, Proton OnSite, Lauren Greenlee, University of Arkansas
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Micro Gas Turbine Firing Ammonia
Norihiko Iki*, Osamu Kurata, Takayuki Matsunuma, Takahiro Inoue, Masato Suzuki, Taku Tsujimura and Hirohide Furutani, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute (FREA); Hideaki Kobayashi, Akihiro Hayakawa, Yoshiyuki Arakawa, Masanori Ichikawa, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University
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Combustion characteristics of ammonia/natural gas dual fuel burner for gas turbine combustor
Shintaro Ito*, Soichiro Kato, Tsukasa Saito, Toshiro Fujimori, IHI Corporation; Hideaki Kobayashi, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University
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Enhancement of reaction and stability of ammonia flames using hydrogen addition and swirling flow
Akihiro Hayakawa*, Akinori Ichikawa, Yoshiyuki Arakawa, Taku Kudo and Hideaki Kobayashi, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University
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Carbon-Footprint Based Merit Analysis of Ammonia as Hydrogen Carrier and for Energy Storage
C.B. Panchal, E3Tec Service
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Alkaline membrane fuel cells using ammonia fuel
Shimshon Gottesfeld, Fuel Cell Consulting / University of Delaware
[Not available for download]

NH3 fuel for water and space heating
Jason Ganley and Chris Siebarth, Colorado School of Mines
[Not available for download]

Demonstration of NH3 electrolysis in a municipal waste water treatment facility
Gerri Botte, Ohio University / E3 Clean Technologies
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A Demonstration Site for NH3 as an Energy Carrier
Tom Waggoner, Syntex Natural Resource Group
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Advances in ammonia production from combustion of fuel rich hydrogen in air
Bruce Peters, Altmerge
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Ammonia Fuel Risk Levels: Similar, if not Lower than Gasoline, LPG, Methanol, Natural Gas, and Hydrogen
Trevor Brown, ammoniaindustry.com
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NH3 emulsions in internal combustion engines
Shehan Haputhanthri, Texas Tech University
[Not available for download]

Wrap-up / (Fast) Forward
John Holbrook, Executive Director, NH3 Fuel Association / NHThree
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Tour of Argonne National Laboratory.
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David Garman, Decker, Garman, Sullivan

david-garmanDavid Garman is the former Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to his service as Under Secretary, Garman served as the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Both of these positions required Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation, and Garman was twice unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

While serving at the Department of Energy, Garman played a key role in developing and implementing major Presidential energy and technology initiatives, including FreedomCAR and the Advanced Energy Initiative. He has testified before Congress 47 times, and represented the United States Government at key international meetings and negotiations including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the International Conference for Renewable Energy.

Garman was twice awarded the Department of Energy’s highest award, the Secretary’s Gold Medal, as well as the Alliance to Save Energy’s highest award, the Charles Percy Award for Public Service. He was also awarded the 2003 “E-Visionary” award by the Electric Drive Transportation Association for his leadership in advancing electric drive vehicle technologies, and the 2005 Energy Efficiency Award from the United States Energy Association. In 2008 Garman was inducted into the Energy Efficiency Forum’s “Hall of Fame.”
Prior to his service in the Executive Branch, Garman served two United States Senators and two Senate Committees over the course of two decades. Since joining Jim Decker and John Sullivan in the formation of the firm in 2007, Garman has provided strategic counsel and effective advocacy to a variety of clients ranging from small startups to global Fortune 500 companies, helping them not only to anticipate and understand events in Washington, but also to help shape them.

Garman has also served on a variety of boards, advisory bodies and review panels for a variety of corporations, national laboratories, universities and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Garman served as Chairman of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Advisory Council; on a National Academy of Sciences Committee on Clean Energy Technologies, and on an Advisory Board to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has also authored pieces that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Global Energy Affairs, Nature, Bloomberg and other media and scientific outlets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University.

NH3 Fuel Vehicle Demonstration

The Raphael Schmuecker Memorial Solar-Hydrogen System

The Raphael Schmuecker Memorial Solar-Hydrogen System

The first public introduction of a complementary answer to critical global warming and world food supply questions.

An agricultural tractor running on a fuel mix of hydrogen and ammonia, synthesized from air and water using solar power, will demonstrate the ability to provide a renewable sourced hydrogen energy system which can also produce fertilizer.

The team behind the Raphael Schmuecker Memorial Solar-Hydrogen System demonstrated the tractor at the 12th Annual NH3 Fuel Conference on Monday, September 21st, at the Argonne National Laboratory.

A John Deere 7810 tractor is outfitted with a 9.4-liter OXXpower engine based on a Ford 460 cu-in V-8 design. The hydrogen/ammonia energy source is produced by a solar photovoltaic system with no greenhouse gases or carbon emissions. This carbon-free fuel source can be used worldwide to produce the fertilizer and fuel needed in agriculture while eliminating greenhouse gas and particulate emissions.


The 2015 NH3 Fuel Conference was held at Argonne National Laboratory: a center of excellence for research and development on transportation technologies and energy systems.

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