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Antora Energy

Team Members: 

Justin Briggs (PhD, AP), Andrew Ponec (BS, EE), Prof. Jen Dionne MSE (co-PI), Prof. Bill Dally EE(co-PI)


Inexpensive, long-duration energy storage is necessary to enable the widespread deployment of renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but existing technologies fall short. To meet this need, we are combining high-temperature thermal energy storage with novel, high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic energy conversion. When excess electricity is available – for example, at mid-day in electric power systems with high solar penetration – a resistive element is used to heat an inexpensive thermal storage medium contained in a large, insulated tank. When power is needed, photovoltaic cells are exposed to the thermal radiation emanating from an emitter in contact with the hot storage medium, generating electricity. This inexpensive, long-duration energy storage technology will enable global adoption of renewable energy, and thus help eliminate gigatons of CO2 emissions annually.


Learn more: 

Antora Energy recently demonstrated the world's most efficient solid state heat engine March 2020

These new battery technologies could be the future of energy storage March 2020

MIT Review: How a new class of startups are working to solve the grid storage puzzle October 2019

Getting to 100% renewables requires cheap energy storage; new research gives energy storage a cost target September 2019

Antora Energy's Backstory (medium post) March 2019

Antora Energy’s Shell/NREL prize is latest in series that started with TomKat Center January 2019

Antora Energy receives a $3M award from ARPA-E September 2018

FLOW's 2018 Winners: Antora Energy July  2018