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Low CapEx Clean NH3 Synthesis for Seasonal Energy Storage and Hydrogen Fuel

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0019846
Agency Tracking Number: 246134
Amount: $200,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 12c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001941
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-29
Small Business Information
403 Laredo St Unit S
Aurora, CO 80011-9208
United States
DUNS: 808195700
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Beach
 (303) 363-7848
Business Contact
 Joseph Beach
Phone: (303) 363-7848
Research Institution

Solar electricity price has dropped dramatically, making it the cheapest electricity to add to the grid in many locations. Its variable nature is now becoming a challenge to integrate into the electricity grid. Affordable, scalable, long-term energy storage is required to enable continued low-cost solar electricity deployment. Solar electricity can be used to make fuel, which provides long term energy storage and allows solar electricity to be used for a broad range of applications. We are developing a fuel synthesis technology that works well with variable solar power. It uses air, water, and electricity to make a high energy density, clean fuel that can provide industrial heat and can work in engines, turbines, fuel cells. Our Phase 1 technical work tailors reactant purification and fuel synthesis processes to the characteristics of solar power plants. It will yield lower cost equipment that support fast-ramping fuel synthesis that can go from zero to 100% output each day with the solar cycle. Our Phase 1 market work engages with electrical utilities, fuel suppliers, and fuel consumers to develop a plan to provide clean fuel at the prices, quantities, and purities they require. Our technology will let utility companies use solar power to make their own clean fuel to power generators for peak power and grid firming. It will transform solar power plants from power sources that must be accommodated by the grid into power sources that provide the fuel to stabilize the grid. It will provide a clean fuel to industries that want to decarbonize their industrial heat requirements. It will provide a clean fuel to global shipping companies that want to eliminate sulfur and carbon emissions from their operations.

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