Blue hydrogen and blue ammonia

  • Dec 08, 2020
  • Saudi Aramco

Widely recognized for its potential to help reduce CO2 emissions and address global energy needs, Aramco is pioneering the use of hydrogen as an energy source.

In 2019 Aramco and Air Products inaugurated the first hydrogen fueling station in Saudi Arabia at Air Products’ new Technology Center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park. The pilot station fuels an initial fleet of six Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles with high purity compressed hydrogen.

We are also pioneering the use of blue ammonia – a compound consisting of hydrogen and nitrogen – which can contribute to meeting the world’s growing energy needs in a reliable, affordable and sustainable manner.

In September 2020 Aramco and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, in partnership with SABIC, successfully demonstrated the production and shipment of blue ammonia from Saudi Arabia to Japan with support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Forty tons of high-grade blue ammonia were dispatched to Japan for use in zero-carbon power generation.

This was the world’s first blue ammonia supply-chain demonstration – a significant milestone and one of several pathways to achieving a CCE.