Climate-Smart Fertilizer Produced Locally
Nitricity harnesses the power of lightning using just air, water, and electricity to make high-quality nitrogen fertilizer. Our process mitigates GHGs and brings fertilizer production closer to fields.
Nitrogen is the most abundant element in the atmosphere, but it must undergo chemical processes to be used as fertilizer. This is where lightning enters the equation.
During a thunderstorm, lightning naturally breaks apart atmospheric nitrogen, and rainwater brings it to the soil as plant soluble nitrates. Nitricity's breakthrough technology emulates this natural process to fix nitrogen.
This technology has operated successfully in multiple functional pilots and field trials.
Nitrogen fertilizer is responsible for up to 7% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. As the population grows, so does the demand for nitrogen fertilizer. Ton for ton, mitigating emissions from the production of nitric acid has the biggest GHG impact among large industrial processes in the United States. Switching from ammonia/urea to nitrate fertilizers means fewer field emissions and greater nutrient efficiencies.
We literally talked to three young fellows from Stanford who are catching lightning in a bottle and turning it into fertilizer. That is the future."
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture