Cummins, KBR teaming on green ammonia solutions

By Jack Burke10 May 2021

Cummins and KBR will collaborate on offering a complete and integrated solution to produce ammonia from renewable sources, commonly referred to as green ammonia. Cummins will offer its expertise in proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis to generate hydrogen while KBR offers ammonia technologies. The companies have committed to exploring the benefits of tightly integrated technologies that aim to provide significant capital and operational savings for their customers.

“Cummins is excited to work with KBR to deliver turnkey solutions for green ammonia customers,” said Amy Davis, vice president and president of New Power at Cummins. “We are scaling our electrolyzer technology to deliver green hydrogen at the scale required for these 250+ MW projects. With KBR’s expertise and history with ammonia technologies, we plan to make a significant impact on decarbonization by enabling the production of green ammonia. The interest and commitment from ammonia users to leverage clean technologies provides great opportunity.”

With the collaboration, Cummins brings extensive experience with its proprietary PEM electrolysis solution, already deployed around the world, including the largest PEM electrolyzer installation currently in operation in Bécancour, Canada. KBR brings its expertise related to proprietary hardware, catalyst and technical service for its K-GreeN ammonia technology, as well as system engineering.

“We are very pleased to take this important step with Cummins,” said Doug Kelly, KBR president, Technology. “Collectively, our companies have the proprietary knowhow and expertise that will allow us to offer an integrated ammonia solution to clients worldwide and help with achieving their corporate ESG initiatives.”

The agreement is non-exclusive, the companies said.

KBR has been licensing, designing and engineering ammonia plants around the world since 1943. Green ammonia is recognized as one of the most viable options enable the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables and can be used directly as a carbon-free fertilizer, hydrogen transport fuel or chemical.

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