New Japan-EU project on ammonia as fuel launched

Japan and the European Union develop co-operation on ammonia development.

An example is a project ORACLE – “Novel routes and catalysts for synthesis for ammonia as alternative renewable fuel” that started on 1 May 2021 and will last until 30 April 2024.

The ORACLE project aims at synthesizing renewable ammonia from nitrogen and H2O which may be used as a fuel in shipping.

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The project will develop electro-catalytic, plasma-aided electro-catalytic, and electrified thermal catalysis processes for ammonia synthesis and validate these processes for localised on-site ammonia production.

A consortium of six European and two Japanese organisations will receive a joint grant of €3,2 million.

Key facts

EU participants:

  • Aarhus Universitet
  • Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten
  • Institut Jozef Stefan
  • Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V.
  • C2CAT B.V.

 Japanese participants:

  • Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Total cost of the project (EU side only): EUR 2 846 078.75

EU grant amount: EUR 2 846 078.75

JST grant amount: approx. EUR 400 000.00

Duration: 1 May 2021 – 30 April 2024

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

“We need to replace fossil fuels to reach the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The cooperation between researchers, institutions and industry in the EU and Japan will foster breakthrough innovation in advanced biofuels and alternative renewable fuels and will strengthen the European and Japanese technology base in those areas. We are looking forward to strengthening our cooperation under Horizon Europe.”