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Ah,The Haber process..that brings me back to high school chemistry..here's a thought while I'm reminiscing about things in the past..How about Let's just cut out the middle man using loads of leccy to produce a fuel,and get on with running a car on volts instead? I must admit I was quite surprised to hear Robert Llewellyn on "Fully Charged" mentioning a refinery would take the power of a couple of cities to keep the systems running and pumps topped up..I read this interesting article:
The TLR is, carry a tank of ammonia in your car instead of hydrogen, turn it -into- hydrogen when you need it, and put the hydrogen through a fuel cell to create electricity, OR, burn the ammonia and clean up the NOx.
Great! We are all saved!
Wait a second, where does ammonia come from....
Modern ammonia-producing plants
Block flow diagram of the ammonia synthesis process
A typical modern ammonia-producing plant first converts natural gas (i.e., methane) or LPG (liquefied petroleum gases such as propane and butane) or petroleum naphtha into gaseous hydrogen. The method for producing hydrogen from hydrocarbons is referred to as "Steam Reforming". The hydrogen is then combined with nitrogen to produce ammonia via the Haber-Bosch process.