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Jupiter Ionics Secures $9M for Green Ammonia Production, Aiming for a Carbon-Neutral Future

Courtesy of Jupiter Ionics - co-founder and CSO Professor Douglas MacFarlane
Courtesy of Jupiter Ionics - co-founder and CSO Professor Douglas MacFarlane

In an ambitious move towards sustainability, Jupiter Ionics has successfully raised $9 million in a Series A funding round, earmarked for advancing their groundbreaking technology in green ammonia production. Developed by Monash University researchers Professor Douglas MacFarlane and Dr. Alexandr (Sasha) Simonov, the patented electrolytic cell represents a pivotal stride in harnessing renewable energy sources to manufacture ammonia, setting a course for a carbon-neutral future.

Founded in 2021, Jupiter Ionics is the commercial vessel for years of meticulous research by its founders. The technology, innovatively named the 'MacFarlane Simonov Ammonia Cell,' draws nitrogen directly from the air and combines it with hydrogen, derived from water electrolysis, to produce environmentally friendly ammonia. Notably, this process boasts an unprecedented 100% selectivity rate for ammonia generation and has demonstrated remarkable stability under testing conditions.

Globally, the vast majority of ammonia is utilized in the agricultural sector, a dependency dating back to the early 20th century with the invention of the Haber Bosch process. Although revolutionary in addressing food scarcity, this process is highly energy-intensive and a significant contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for about 3% of the total. The innovative approach by Jupiter Ionics offers a promising solution to reduce these emissions drastically.

The venture targets the agricultural industry and the broader hydrogen market, which faces significant logistical challenges in the safe transportation and overseas shipment of renewable energy. The involvement of major industrial players in the Series A funding round, including CIMIC Group and Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers, signifies the technology's potential impact. Noteworthy is the contribution of $4 million from Breakthrough Victoria, an investment firm focused on commercializing innovative technologies for global impact.

Dr. Charlie Day, CEO of Jupiter Ionics, shared the company's vision to expedite the integration of their technology into scalable prototypes, furthering their journey to market readiness. This sentiment is echoed by Breakthrough Victoria CEO Grant Dooley, who highlighted the investment's alignment with the organization's mission to foster solutions that tackle both environmental and economic challenges.

The recent funding will facilitate the scaling of a self-contained system capable of converting water, air, and renewable energy into ammonia. This advancement holds the promise not only for ammonia-fueled transport and the export of renewable energy but also for establishing a significant sovereign capability for Australian agriculture.

Monash University's CCO and board member of Jupiter, Alastair Hick, emphasized the critical need to accelerate green ammonia production. Similarly, CIMIC Group executive chairman Juan Santamaria pointed out the technology's key role in enabling carbon-neutral solutions for the transport sector and beyond.

Victorian Minister for Economic Growth, Tim Pallas, lauded Jupiter Ionics for its contribution to creating jobs and developing technology aimed at emission reduction. This funding milestone comes on the heels of Jupiter Ionics' technology gaining recognition from leading international entities, including the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Nature Awards spinoff prize, marking a significant achievement in the global pursuit of a sustainable future.


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