North-West University
Overview of innovation

This technology utilises a microchannel reactor for the decomposition of ammonia, comprising two chambers: one for exothermic combustion of ammonia to generate heat. A second chamber of the reactor with a second catalyst receives a second stream of ammonia to provide endothermic decomposition of the of ammonia. The exothermic combustion of the ammonia in the first chamber generates the required heat for facilitating the endothermic decomposition of the ammonia in the second chamber the heat being transferred from the first chamber to the second chamber through a wall. Ammonia is an essential compound for production of hydrogen.

Technology Benefits: 

  • Large-scale transportation of a liquid hydrogen carrier.
  • Carbon-free value chain from production of ammonia to reforming to hydrogen.
  • Use of thermal energy generated in the same reactor to produce hydrogen also in the same reactor.
  • Compactness of the system
Type of Intellectual Property protection
Innovation Opportunity Type
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Renewable Energy
Green Energy
Clean Technologies
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 3 – Proof of concept created
Steven Chiuta - Collaborator
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