Power
NO2
Fertilizer

Power

Electricity generated from wind power is instrumental to the energy transition. There’s just one problem – often, more electricity is produced than is currently needed. That’s where the EcoTrainer can help. This small-scale plant uses surplus power to obtain nitrogen dioxide from the atmosphere.

NO(nitrogen dioxide)

People have known how to extract nitrogen dioxide from the air since the early 20th century. The Birkeland-Eyde process, however, failed to gain traction because of its high energy requirements. Now, the focus is on making it as energy-efficient as possible. While success has already been achieved under laboratory conditions, the project in Hanau, Germany, aims to show that energy efficiency can be improved substantially on a pilot scale, too.

Fertilizer

Since electricity generated from wind power is available for use whenever it isn’t needed elsewhere, the decentralized manufacture of fertilizers from atmospheric nitrogen promises to provide an excellent, environmentally friendly contribution to the energy transition. Thanks to the proximity of the fertilizer production sites to locations where fertilizer is needed, long transportation routes are avoided and emissions reduced.

Ready in a flash – the EcoTrainer

A peek inside the EcoTrainer reveals that the lightweight container houses an engineering marvel. The mini mobile chemical plant packs into the smallest space all that’s needed to produce a string of chemicals. In use since 2010, EcoTrainers have boosted Evonik’s power to innovate. That’s because they can easily be transported to any desired production site. What’s more, they are so stable that they can withstand earthquakes and will continue to function even under extreme climatic conditions. Compared to large-scale facilities, they also represent a small investment and low business risk.