AMMONIA + NITROGEN CYCLE. By: Berenice Mendoza. Ammonium.
By: Berenice Mendoza
It is a pungent colorless gaseous alkaline compound of nitrogen and hydrogen NH3 that is very soluble in water and can easily be condensed to a liquid by cold and pressure. Plants use ammonia in the soil as a source of nitrogen, which is needed to build proteins that are essential to their life.Ammonium can be toxic to some crops, it is rarely applied as a sole nitrogen source.
“The price of nitrogen fertilizers is directly related to the price of natural gas (methane). Manufacturing 1 ton of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer requires 33,500 cubic feet of natural gas. This cost represents most of the costs associated with manufacturing anhydrous ammonia. When natural gas prices are $2.50 per thousand cubic feet, the natural gas used to manufacture 1 ton of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer costs $83.75. If the price rises to $7.00 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas, the cost of natural gas used in manufacturing that ton of anhydrous ammonia rises to $234.50, an increase to the manufacturer of $150.75”
- The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
This process is used by industries and it is the implementation of the reaction of nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas. It is the main industrial route to ammonia