N2 Applied we have been pursuing a mission since June 2010.
For the last 2 years we have been able to communicate with you – scientists, industrialization partners, the agricultural community, politicians, friends and family – through our www.fusionfarming.com website. We have tried to keep you up to date on our up’s and down’s – on progress and setbacks in our pursuit – through short articles and with illustrations.
Now a short summary of 2014 – with emphasis on what matter the most for continued progress in 2015.
Short version: Energy efficiency breakthrough in 2014! Market is there – livestock farmers No 1. The die is cast – we go for it. Hard work still remains.
The longer version – a reminder:
- N2 Applied is about the nitrogen cycle on the farm. We eliminate liabilities and capitalize on assets represented by nitrogen
N2 Applied develops technology for converting ammonia losses from livestock manure to valuable plant nutrients.
N2 Applied enables the farmer to recycle and produce his own nitrogen fertilizer.
We started 2014 with funding secured for the prototype optimization project – Innovation Norway Environmental Technology Fund, Skattefunn (Norwegian Research Council) and Equity built the package needed. And we have delivered according to plan. Post fossil solutions are in demand.
Main accomplishments/milestones in 2014:
1. Energy efficiency breakthrough in Hollabrunn, Austria, April 2014.
Efforts to improve energy efficiency of the plasma reactor test unit has been successful. Energy efficiency of 276 GJ/tN was measured in 2013. During Easter in April 2014 we measured 87 GJ/tN (24 kwh/kgN)! A major breakthrough – thank you, Ferdinand. Target is 36 GJ/tN by 2017 (10 kwh/kgN). SBI GmbH is on the ball. Energy efficiency is essential for increasing the share of the market in which our technology is competitive. (At 87 GJ/tN = competitive in 5% of the market. At 36 GJ/tN = competitive in 98% of the market).
2. Prototype tested for biogas application at Cambi AS in August 2014.
N2 Applied has cooperated with the Norwegian biogas company Cambi AS. In august 2014 we installed our N Fix plasma reactor prototype at Cambi’s pilot plant in Hamar, Norway. The objectives of the prototyping was to test the practical design and operation of a unit in the field, as well as getting a confirmation of how the liquid bio-rest can be stabilized and stored. Successful practical testing.
3. Market research in Asia, South America, North America and EU.
Subsistence agriculture, commercial livestock production, chemical industry, recycling business, biogas – they are all interesting application areas for the N Fix plasma reactor. We visited potential customers and business partners in Myanmar, Peru, California and Denmark during 2014 – representing multiple points of interest and multiple business cases. The visits and meetings confirmed our beliefs: The world is ready for a paradigm shift. Our job is to make the technology competitive and available. Consequently #4 below.
4. Test Center under construction at Strand gard, Norway.
N2 Applied has rented commercial property with access to arable land, forest, pond and livestock for fertilizer and technology testing purposes. The Test Center will house a laboratory, demo facilities, office space and meeting facilities – for customers as well as for R&D. N2 Applied received keys to the renovated space as of January 1st 2015 – tailoring and furnishing starts ASAP.
5. Funding needs increase as prospect for success improves – time consuming and stressful.
Our objective remains the same: Optimize a refrigerator sized machine to produce nitrogen fertilizer small scale – on the farm or in the village – using air as raw material and electricity for energy. And do it energy efficiently, scalable and robust.
For Q1 2015 getting the Test Center in Norway on it’s feet is priority number one. Instrumental to many other tasks.
2015 have all the right ingredients – and we have pole position. Let’s go!
N2 Applied AS