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Rechargeable carbon-oxygen battery: A new class of ultra low-cost, lightweight energy storage technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001243
Agency Tracking Number: 1954-1593
Amount: $250,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: G
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001954
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-04-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-04-20
Small Business Information
3745 La Selva Dr.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
United States
DUNS: 081276582
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Christopher Graves
 (412) 256-8138
Business Contact
 Christopher Graves
Phone: (412) 256-8128
Research Institution

Noon Energy has developed a new class of battery technology that will cost-effectively turn intermittent solar and wind electricity into on-demand power. It uses ultra-low-cost storage media and can match the energy efficiency of lithium-ion technology. It stores energy by splitting CO2 into solid carbon and oxygen in a flow battery configuration, utilizing abundant materials and simple reaction chemistry. At <$1 per kWh capacity for the storage chemicals, it will provide long-duration (hours to days) storage at below $30 per kWh capacity, much lower than existing storage technologies. It will also offer more than double the energy density of lithium-ion batteries, enabling longer range electric vehicles. After a few years of materials R&D, Noon has demonstrated lab-scale proof-of-concept cycling for hundreds of cycles. Now in
the Cyclotron Road fellowship program at Berkeley Lab, Noon has designed and assembled the first bench-scale system prototype of this new storage technology, done initial modeling of the full system and carried out techno-economics analysis. The proposed ARPA-E project will enable Noon to further de-risk key system components, scale up to stack level demonstration of a next-stage prototype and to develop and integrate heat management, bringing us close to a full-scale product. If successful, this technology would provide unprecedented low-cost storage and make a major contribution to revolutionizing the energy sector with local clean energy from the sun. These impacts address all of ARPA-E’s mission areas to enhance U.S. economic and energy security: reducing energy imports, reducing emissions, and improving energy efficiency.

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