Global Clean Ammonia (Blue and Green)

Global Clean Ammonia (Blue and Green) Market Research Report: Forecast (2025-2030)

By Type (Blue, Green), By Technology (Water Electrolysis (Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer, Alkaline Electrolyzer, Others), Methane Pyrolysis), By End User (Agriculture, Power & Energy, Food & Be Read more

  • Energy
  • Sep 2022
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  • EN66011

Market Definition

Clean ammonia is produced using carbon-neutral or low-carbon technologies. It comprises both blue & green ammonia. Blue ammonia is produced using fossil fuels as an energy source via methane pyrolysis, and the carbon emitted during the process is sequestered. Green ammonia, on the other hand, is produced through the electrolysis of water, using electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar & wind power. The clean aspect of ammonia primarily refers to the production of low-carbon hydrogen.

Ammonia is formed when hydrogen produced by either method, blue or green, is combined with nitrogen captured from the air. Further, with the increasing inclination to reduce carbon emission intensity in agriculture, maritime, and other sectors, the market for clean ammonia is anticipated to fuel at a significant rate in the forthcoming period.

Market Insights

The Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 23.56% during the forecast period, i.e., 2025-30. The Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market is in its embryonic stage since the historical period, owing to the major focus on research & development & not much commercial application of clean ammonia among end-user industries. However, with the increasing investment by the companies towards the setup of clean ammonia production facilities, the market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast years.

Besides, clean ammonia finds applications across different industries, such as the food & beverage industry, agriculture, pharmaceutical, water & wastewater treatment, other chemicals, pulp & paper, etc. As a result, the need for quicker development & production is escalating and generating growth opportunities for the leading players to increase their research & development activities and show more participation in the overall growth of the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market.

Report Coverage Details
Study Period Forecast Period: 2025-30
CAGR (2025-2030) 23.56%
Regions Covered North America: The US, Canada, Other
South America: Brazil, Other
Europe: Germany, France, Italy, The UK, Other
Asia-Pacific: China, Japan, India, Australia & New Zealand, Other
Middle East & Africa: GCC, South Africa, Other
Key Companies Profiled CF Industries, Nutrien Ltd., Yara Clean Ammonia, Air Liquide, Aker Clean Hydrogen, ADNOC, Hydrofuel Canada Inc., Linde plc, Others
Unit Denominations USD Million/Billion

 

In addition, the unceasing demand for fertilizers from the agriculture sector, coupled with rapidly expanding pharmaceutical & food & beverage manufacturing and water & wastewater treatment facilities, among others, are also expected to drive the commercial application of clean ammonia in the coming years.

Moreover, alarming emission from the excessive utilization of grey & brown ammonia is also escalating the necessity for clean ammonia as an alternative to address such concerns and bring environmental sustainability in the coming years. According to the Royal Society, around 1.8% of the total global carbon emission is generated by producing ammonia using traditional methods.

Furthermore, the elevating impact of climate change due to the astonishingly increasing carbon emissions across the globe is another aspect instigating different countries to adopt & integrate zero & low carbon technologies, mainly in heavy industrial processes. Not only the countries but several biggies in the market are re-analyzing their carbon footprint & investing substantially in the research & development & implementation of advanced carbon-neutral solutions. For instance:

  • In 2021, Yara Clean Ammonia, in collaboration with Aker Clean Hydrogen and Statkraft, successfully launched its HEGRA project, a green ammonia plant, that aims at reducing about 800,000 tons of CO¬2 emissions per year & aid in meeting Norway’s climate target of 2030.
  • In 2021, Linde plc & Hive Hydrogen reported the setup of a green ammonia plant with a production capacity of about 780,000 tons annually with a total investment of approximately USD4.6 billion in South Africa. Hive Hydrogen stated that this project would assist in making the country a low-carbon economy & further help in the country’s target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 under South Africa’s Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (SA-LEDs) 2050.

Global Clean Ammonia (Blue and Green) Market Research Report: Forecast (2025-2030)

Market Segmentation

Based on the Type:

  • Blue
  • Green

Here, Green Ammonia is expected to experience the fastest growth in the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market during the forthcoming years as the hydrogen produced through water electrolysis does not emit any carbon, hence is no-carbon hydrogen. The rising attention toward renewable sources of energy has been prevailing all over the globe.

Moreover, farmers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of green ammonia, like higher farm efficiency, yield, and reliability as fertilizers, minimal maintenance, climatic change resistance, & procured from renewable resources, among others. Such aspects hint toward an up-surging demand for green ammonia & its contribution to the overall market growth in the coming years.

Furthermore, solar & wind energy is seen as critical solutions for nations to meet their net-zero carbon targets. Many green hydrogen plants have been built around the world to help countries become self-sufficient in their demand for hydrogen for various purposes. For Instance:

  • In 2022, Oil India Limited commissioned a green hydrogen plant in the Northeastern state of India that is estimated to produce nearly 10 kg per day of hydrogen & would increase its capacity in the coming future to about 30 kg per day. Further, the company reported that the plant would be a step towards achieving India’s hydrogen production target of 5 million tons of clean hydrogen by 2030.

Based on Technology:

  • Water Electrolysis
    • Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer
    • Alkaline Electrolyzer
    • Others (Solid Oxide, Anion Exchange Membrane)
  • Methane Pyrolysis
  • Steam Methane Reforming (SMR)*
  • Autothermal Reforming (ATR)*
  • Dry Methane Reforming (DMR)*
  • Partial Oxidation

(*Carbon Capture Technology included)

Among them, Methane Pyrolysis is anticipated to capture a significant chunk of the market during the forecast period as the generation of hydrogen from methane is the oldest & most reliable method. Besides, the primary production of hydrogen from fossil fuels results in the production of blue ammonia.

Additionally, the carbon capture & storage has allowed the technology to maintain its market share until the end of the year. Moreover, the technology is still expected to retain its major part of the market share but would witness slow growth in comparison to its counterpart, owing to the steady advancement of the green hydrogen & ammonia technologies.

Based on End-User:

  • Agriculture & Fertilizer
  • Power & Energy
  • Food & Beverage
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Mining & Metallurgy
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  • Electronics
  • Hydrogen Carrier
  • Shipping
  • Others (Pulp & Paper, Rubber & Plastics, Beauty & Personal Care, etc.)

Of them all, the Agriculture & Fertilizer sector is anticipated to hold a considerable share of the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market during the forecast period. It owes principally to ammonia being a key ingredient in fostering plant growth through fertilizers.

Besides, since ammonia is a building block for fertilizers like ammonium nitrate, which releases nitrogen a key nutrient in the cultivation of crops, the growing demand for cleaner alternatives like clean ammonia showcases significant potential in the sector. A majority of these ingredients are used as fertilizer to sustain food production for the exponentially rising population worldwide. Hence, the demand for clean ammonia is anticipated to elevate substantially and lead the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market toward swift growth in the coming years.

In accordance with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), ammonia takes up around 32% of any nitrogen-based fertilizer in the US. The fundamental sector of any economy is the agriculture sector, therefore, the continuously surging demand for agricultural produce would significantly fuel the market for clean ammonia in the coming years.

Regional Landscape

On the geographical front, the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market expands across:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • The Middle East & Africa
  • Asia-Pacific

Of all regions, Europe is forecasted to hold a considerable share in the market during 2025-30. It owes principally to the growing focus of the governments of different countries on addressing environmental concerns like emissions and their massive investment in the development of clean ammonia & clean hydrogen projects in the region. It, in turn, is generating growth opportunities for the leading players to increase their development initiatives for clean ammonia and established facilities throughout Europe.

In recent years, the region witnessed some investments toward the establishment of low carbon hydrogen & ammonia production facilities. Such projects & production facilities are expected to gradually contribute consequentially to catering to the mounting demand for ammonia in the coming years. Some of the recent developments in the region are:

  • In 2021, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen plant was commissioned with expected operations from 2022 in France.
  • In 2021, Horisont Energi, announced the completion of the large-scale clean ammonia project’s feasibility phase & the commencement of the next commercial production phase, in Norway.

Recent Developments by Leading Companies

  • In 2021, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) plans to build a world-scale “blue” ammonia production facility in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, as part of a drive to develop hydrogen fuel production.
  • In 2021, Helios Industry, a privately owned special project vehicle (SPV) company plans to invest USD1 billion in a green ammonia plant in Abu Dhabi.
  • In 2021, the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) invested around USD13 million in the green ammonia project managed by the three partners Skovgaard Invest, Vestas, and Haldor Topsoe. The project aims at building a 10 MW green ammonia plant directly coupled with local wind & solar power generation. The plant is expected to be operational by 2023.

Market Dynamics:

Key Driver

  • Individual Countries’ Targets to Achieve Carbon-Neutrality to Drive the Market Growth

For the past decade, carbon neutrality has been regarded as an urgent necessity. With the rising inclination of the governments toward alternative energy forms & energy storage systems in order to curb the dependence on fossil fuels for satiating daily needs such as electricity, mobility, food, etc., carbon neutrality has been the center of attraction for all the countries across the world. Furthermore, with the astronomical rise in carbon emissions in countries such as China, India, the United States, and several European nations, national governments have undertaken initiatives primarily focused on substituting fossil fuels as an energy source. Consequently, this highlighted the benefits & need for the development of hydrogen & ammonia around the globe.

Growth Restraint

  • High Capital Investment for Infrastructure Setup to Hamper the Market

Clean ammonia is a zero-carbon solution that enables countries to attain their carbon neutrality goals. However, due to the high initial capital investment required for the setup of the clean ammonia manufacturing units, the traditional methods of production & no solution for carbon emission is the most cost-effective process. Currently, on average, clean ammonia costs more than 60% of the cost of grey ammonia globally. Several initiatives & research are being done to control & reduce the price of clean ammonia through the reduction in capital investment.

Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:

  1. What are the overall statistics or estimates (Overview, Size- By Value & Volume, Forecast Numbers, Segmentation, Shares) of the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market?
  2. What are the region-wise industry size, growth drivers, and challenges?
  3. What are the key innovations, opportunities, current & future trends, and regulations in the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market?
  4. Who are the key competitors, their key strengths & weaknesses, and how do they perform in the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market based on the competitive landscape?
  5. What are the key results derived from the surveys conducted during the Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market study?

Frequently Asked Questions

A. The Global Clean (Blue and Green) Ammonia Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 23.56% during 2025-30.

A. Green Ammonia is anticipated to emerge as an area of remunerative opportunities for the leading players in the Global Clean (Blue and Green) Ammonia Market during 2025-30.

A. The growing inclination towards a carbon-neutral economy, green investments, surging new applications of ammonia such as in transporting hydrogen, etc. are anticipated to drive the Global Clean (Blue and Green) Ammonia Market in the coming years.

  1. Introduction
    1. Product Definition
    2. Research Process
    3. Assumptions
    4. Market Definition
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Hydrogen Industry Outlook
    1. Roadmap
    2. Projects, By Phase
      1. Operational
      2. Development
    3. Future Scope
  4. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Porters Analysis
  5. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Trends & Insights
  6. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Dynamics
    1. Drivers
    2. Challenges
    3. Impact Analysis
  7. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Regulations & Policy
  8. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Strategic Investments, 2022
    1. Third Party Investments
      1. Purpose of Investment
      2. Investment Amount
      3. Target Result
    2. Investments for Self Consumption
  9. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Value Chain
    1. OEMs
    2. Production Technology & Equipment Developers
    3. Others
  10. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Consortium & Association, 2020-2030
  11. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Analysis, 2025-2030
    1. By Revenues (USD Million)
    2. By Volume (Thousand Tons)
  12. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Development, By Type, 2025-2030
    1. Blue
    2. Green
  13. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Development, By Technology, 2025-2030
    1. Water Electrolysis
      1. Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzer
      2. Alkaline Electrolyzer
      3. Others (Solid Oxide, Anion Exchange Membrane)
    2. Methane Pyrolysis (Carbon Capture Technology included)
    3. Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) (Carbon Capture Technology included)
    4. Autothermal Reforming (ATR) (Carbon Capture Technology included)
    5. Dry Methane Reforming (DMR) (Carbon Capture Technology included)
    6. Partial Oxidation (Carbon Capture Technology included)
  14. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Development, By Region
    1. Americas
      1. Country Wise Readiness for Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia, 2020-2030
      2. Market Size & Analysis, 2025-2030
        1. By Revenue (USD Million)
        2. By Volume (in Thousand Tons)
    2. Europe
      1. Country Wise Readiness for Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia, 2020-2030
      2. Market Size & Analysis, 2025-2030
        1. By Revenue (USD Million)
        2. By Volume (in Thousand Tons)
    3. Middle East & Africa
      1. Country Wise Readiness for Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia, 2020-2030
      2. Market Size & Analysis, 2025-2030
        1. By Revenue (USD Million)
        2. By Volume (in Thousand Tons)
    4. Asia-Pacific
      1. Country Wise Readiness for Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia, 2020-2030
      2. Market Size & Analysis, 2025-2030
        1. By Revenue (USD Million)
        2. By Volume (in Thousand Tons)
  15. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Development, By Application, 2025-2030
    1. Agriculture & Fertilizer
    2. Power & Energy
    3. Food & Beverage
    4. Pharmaceutical
    5. Mining & Metallurgy
    6. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
    7. Electronics
    8. Hydrogen Carrier
    9. Shipping
    10. Others (Pulp & Paper, Rubber & Plastics, Beauty & Personal Care, etc.)
  16. Global Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia Market Development, By OEM, 2025-2030
    1. CF Industries
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    2. Nutrien Ltd.
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    3. Yara Clean (Blue & Green) Ammonia
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    4. Air Liquide
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    5. Aker Clean (Blue & Green) Hydrogen
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    6. ADNOC
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    7. Hydrofuel Canada Inc.
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    8. Linde Plc
      1. Technological Developments
      2. Investments
      3. Production Plans
      4. Future Roadmap
    9. Others
  17. Disclaimer
Clean (Blue and Green) Ammonia market Segmentation