Solid-state Long Duration Energy Storage for Industrial Applications
Over the 2022 period the project refined the system design, initial assembly and construction has started.
The project team have validated the performance of their alpha prototype energy storage system, and have moved into the design phase for their "Beta" pilot scale research system.
The project involves development, testing, and pilot-scale demonstration of an energy storage system based on thermophotovoltaic (TPV) technology. The technology includes using electricity to heat graphite blocks, and then reconverting the heat to electricity at a later time. After development and testing of the approach in a laboratory setting, the recipient will build a pilot-scale TPV system at an existing cogeneration power plant site east of the City of San Joaquin in Fresno County. The system will be connected with existing cogeneration, solar power, and agricultural by-products processing.
The installed capital costs of Antora’s thermal battery are anticipated to be <$0.05/kWh when commercialized, this is 20x lower than lithium-ion batteries.
Antora’s thermal battery technology, once commercialized, is anticipated to have the ability to cost effectively scale for long duration multi-hour to multi-day energy resiliency applications.
Key Project Members
U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
DAPR Engineering, LLC
Antora Energy, Inc.