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.

Antora Energy, Inc.

Recipient

Sunnyvale, CA

Recipient Location

13th

Senate District

24th

Assembly District

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$861,862

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Project Update

2023: The project team completed construction and installation of the pilot scale system. They completed commissioning of the thermal battery and heat discharge module. The team completed early testing of the electrical discharge module, and this testing is continuing in 2024.
2022: 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 Issue

In California, the impacts of a warming climate are already being acutely experienced in the form of increased wildfire risk. The 2018 wildfire season inflicted over 100 fatalities and $10 billion in economic damage, while a single Public Safety Power Shutoff can cost residents and businesses over $1 billion and critically endanger elderly and vulnerable populations. Existing storage technologies such as lithium-ion batteries are an order of magnitude too expensive for multi-day storage applications and are plagued by considerable safety and lifetime concerns, creating the critical need for a new, low-cost and long-duration energy storage technology.

Project Innovation

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.

Project Goals

Thermal energy storage media temperature: benchmark at 1800 degrees Celsius, goal is at least 2000, aiming for 2400.
Total output power (electric + thermal): benchmark 10kW, goal is at least 25kW, aiming for 100kW.
Electrical energy density (volumetric): benchmark 30 watt hours per liter, goal is 70 aiming 100 to compete with li-ion.

Project Benefits

Energy storage has been identified as an enabler to increase renewable penetration. Lithium Ion batteries with storage duration of up to four hours are widely accepted and dominate recent new energy storage procurement and deployment in California. However; long duration, multi-hour to multi-day energy storage will be required to meet California's future energy goals. This project will test and validate a new long duration energy storage technology that, once commercialized, has the potential to achieve an order of magnitude lower costs compared to Lithium Ion batteries.

Lower Costs

Affordability

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.

Energy Security

Energy Security

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

Project Member

David Bierman

Subrecipients

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U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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DAPR Engineering, LLC

Match Partners

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Antora Energy, Inc.

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