NH3 Fuel Association announces New Sponsor; Evening Reception at AIChE Annual Meeting on November 1st

By Trevor Brown on October 11, 2017

The NH3 Fuel Association has finalized details of its Sponsors Reception on Wednesday November 1 at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, and has also announced an additional sponsor for the conference: Starfire Energy.

NH3 Energy+ Topical Conference Sponsors Reception

The Sponsors Reception will be held on Wednesday evening, November 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Room 101 F/G at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Everyone registered for the AIChE Annual Meeting is invited to attend. Registration for the reception itself is not required – if you’re attending the AIChE conference, just come.

Drinks will be available from a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

The highlight of the Reception will be Keynote Speeches from Yara, representing the perspectives of the world’s largest ammonia producer, and new sponsor Starfire Energy, representing the perspectives of a start-up technology company. Visit the NH3 Fuel Association website for more information on the reception and the full schedule of presentations.

Starfire is the latest company to come on board as an NH3 Fuel Association sponsor. Previously announced sponsors include Yara, Airgas, Casale, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen, and Terrestrial Energy.

Silver Sponsor

Starfire Energy was founded in 2007 in Aurora, Colorado. In 2015, Starfire was one of 41 entities selected from more than 2,000 applicants to receive an ARPA-E Open Solicitation grant from the U.S Department of Energy. Since that time, the company has been focused on developing a CO2-free ammonia synthesis system that can work well with variable power generation from solar and wind power plants or variable power availability from clean baseload power plants.

Starfire co-founder Joe Beach says that ammonia “is the best CO2-free fuel option available. It has been demonstrated to work well in a wide range of end-use equipment. It has better storage and transport characteristics than H2 or any other hydrogen storage medium. It avoids the CO2 capture and reduction problems associated with synthesized hydrocarbon fuels. It does not have the production limits associated with biofuels.”

Beach says that Starfire has made substantial progress in technical development and is now “seeking partners to scale its technology.”

Beach will deliver a paper, Fast-Ramping Reactor for CO2-Free NH3 Synthesis, during session three of the NH3 Energy + Topical Conference (exact time: 4:45 p.m.) on November 1, 2017.