Slashing CO2

Founded: 2018

HQ: Stanford, CA

On-site, on-demand, clean nitrogen fertilizer.

Big Picture

Without the agricultural gains of synthetic fertilizer, it is estimated the world population would only be half as large as it is today. Yet our reliance on synthetic fertilizer made using the 100-year old Haber-Bosch process has major downsides: the production, transportation and over-application of fertilizer generate 7% of all GHG emissions, especially in runoff of N2O, which has 265x the warming potential of CO2

How it Works

Nitricity sells ultra-low cost, solar-powered plasma cells that produce fertilizer on site and on demand. Their technology fixes nitrogen from the air, then combines it with other nutrients to produce a range of products, such as nitric acid and calcium nitrate. This innovation integrates directly with a farm’s irrigation system, enabling a precise and measurable supply of fertilizer anywhere in the world. 

Unfair Advantage

Nitricity upends the fertilizer industry’s massive, dirty, and expensive centralized model with distributed fertilizer production systems powered by solar energy. The result is greater granularity in the quantity, composition, and timing of fertilizer application. For farmers, this works out to higher yields and lower costs on a per-acre basis, all while reducing GHG emissions an estimated 81%. 

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Tons of CO2e

avoided per ton of fertilizer

NICOLAS PINKOWSKI CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Nico holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Follow: @NicoPinkowski

JOSH McENANEY CTO & CO-FOUNDER

Joshua was a Postdoc at Stanford University and holds a PhD in chemistry from Penn State University.

JAY SCHWALBE VP OF TECHNOLOGY & CO-FOUNDER

Jay holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Stanford University.

Follow: @SchwalbeJay


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