According to The Asahi Shimbun, the government, in a major shift, is prioritizing using ammonia to create clean energy to meet its goal of lowering Japan's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
“As of now, ammonia is more suitable for practical use for fuel than hydrogen,” an economy ministry official said.
Though hydrogen has been attracting a lot of attention as an energy source for a while, Japan has only recently become interested in using ammonia at power plants.
Ammonia emits no carbon dioxide (CO2) when it is burned, which has led to expectations that it could rewrite Japan's energy strategy by replacing coal, notorious for its heavy CO2 emissions.
“Carbon neutral thermal power using ammonia is a game changer in the industry,” said Takeo Kikkawa, a professor at International University of Japan, who specializes in energy policies.
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