Technology Outlook: Ammonia Decomposition

March 14, 2023 | Research Report

Hydrogen is emerging as a key vector for the transport of renewable energy globally and ammonia as its leading carrier. Key to the growth of the hydrogen economy is the build out of a low-carbon ammonia value chain to trade hydrogen globally, including ammonia decomposition, which allows for the extraction of hydrogen from imported ammonia. We overview the catalytic, plasma, and photolytic cracking processes for ammonia decomposition.


  • Chemicals
  • CPG
  • Government & Non-Profit
  • Industrials
  • Oil and Gas
  • Utilities

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Catalytic cracking – Affordability will determine the commercialization speed for the most dominant ammonia decomposition technology
  • Plasma cracking is slowly catching up with catalytic cracking, but bridging the gap will still take a monumental technical effort
  • Photolytic cracking – Underpinned by a meager group of research institutes and a single developer
  • Catalytic technology is the only viable option for ammonia decomposition, as commercial activity is set to skyrocket

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