Opportunities to Enable Electrolytic H2 Projects for Ammonia in the United States

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Integration of large-scale electrolysis with the grid provides value to hydrogen and ammonia markets as well as the electricity system. Electrolysis has the potential to provide an alternative source of low-cost hydrogen by utilizing low-price electricity that may have limited availability, resulting in possible economic benefits for ammonia production. The use of that low-price electricity can simultaneously benefit the grid by reducing the price suppression that may occur with increased penetration of variable renewable generation. In addition, the rapid-response characteristics of electrolyzers enables them to provide ancillary services to the grid, such as operating reserves and frequency control. However, electrolyzer capital cost reductions, favorable electricity pricing structures, or other technology or market advancements are likely needed to achieve hydrogen prices competitive with incumbent production technologies. We discuss near-term, niche prospects where low-cost electrolytic hydrogen and ammonia could be produced, possible applications for those products, and further opportunities and drivers that might enable them.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePresented at the Ammonia Energy Association Conference, 12-14 November 2019, Orlando, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-75191


  • ammonia
  • electrolytic hydrogen
  • large-scale electrolysis


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