Amazon invests in ammonia fuel tech to curb cargo ship emissions

December 22, 2021

Major U.S. retailers have pledged to curb their supply-chain emissions by powering warehouses with renewable energy and replacing diesel vans and trucks with electric vehicles. But when it comes to using greener ships to import toys, T-shirts and tablets, companies are in a bind: No zero-emissions fuels are available at scale for oceangoing freighters.

So big cargo importers like Amazon are investing in early-stage solutions that have long-term potential to clean up cargo shipping.

The e-commerce giant recently revealed that it is backing Brooklyn-based Amogy, a startup developing an ammonia-driven power system for ships and heavy-duty road transportation. The technology takes liquid ammonia — a carbon-free, globally abundant chemical — and converts it into hydrogen gas, which then runs through a fuel cell. The one-year-old company says it aims to launch a small demonstration vessel by early 2023, along with large road vehicles.

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