Partnership for hydrogen development project signed-off

Partnership for hydrogen development project signed-off

We’re pleased to announce we’ve formalised a partnership with key companies and institutions to develop our SiPHyR™ (SiBrick-integrated Pyrolytic Hydrogen Reactor) technology.

The SiPHyR project, which is designed to produce hydrogen and solid carbon using methane pyrolysis, has received a significant boost to its development from Woodside Energy Technologies (Woodside).

A $1 million contribution will be made by Woodside consisting of direct funding and the provision of subject matter expertise.

This investment underscores the commitment of all parties involved in advancing lower-carbon energy solutions.

1414 Degrees’ Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty, said “the signing of the Agreement is a critical milestone. The contribution from Woodside will support the integration of our silicon thermal energy storage with a new fluid reactor technology to potentially reduce hydrogen production costs and emissions.”

SiPHyR integrates licensed designs from the University of Adelaide (UoA) with 1414 Degrees’ silicon based thermal energy storage technology, SiBrick®, to enable continuous hydrogen production from intermittent renewable electricity.

The technology team includes experts from UoA, Woodside, Vulcan Steel, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, supported by a $2.5 million Australian Government grant under the Cooperative Research Centres Project.

The project aims to advance SiPHyR from its current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 2 to TRL 5 within three years. A critical deliverable of this project is a detailed plan for a scaled demonstration at TRL 7 within two years of this project’s completion, ensuring the technology’s readiness for commercialisation.

Read the full announcement to the ASX  for more details on how this technology will produce lower emissions hydrogen at a cost comparable to current emissions-intensive methods.

A fast start to 2024

A fast start to 2024

It has been a busy start to this year for 1414 Degrees; with a new project commencing, important milestones achieved across others, and a move to new location!

These achievements, alongside other activity bring 1414 Degrees closer to commercialising technologies that will reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Given the breadth of activity, here’s a recap of what’s been happening.
We moved to Tonsley – South Australia’s premier high-value manufacturing and innovation district
• We were awarded a $2.5m grant for our SiPHyR hydrogen technology
SiBox® demonstration phase testing is complete
We’re moving forward with commercialisation
Our development program for SiBrick™ is progressing a durable brick, for long-term use
• We’ll be using our technology to produce low-emissions hydrogen
Hannam & Partners has updated its research coverage of our company
• We have a path for access to the transmission line near the Aurora Energy Precinct
• We released our March Quarterly Activity Report, re-capping a productive quarter
• The Federal Governments Budget was handed down, introducing new measures to support the energy transition. 

Move to Tonsley

In recent weeks, we’ve completed our move to the Tonsley Innovation District, South Australia’s premier high-value manufacturing district.

The return to Tonsley (our prototype was commissioned here in 2016) is more than a homecoming, it’s where we’ll be pushing the boundaries of energy storage technology even further, at what’s now a highly-awarded innovation precinct.

We’re excited to be surrounded by leading-edge research and education institutions, businesses and start-ups, as well as government and the wider community.

This is where we’ll continue to develop our low-cost SiBrick® and we’ll also be building the revolutionary dual column pyrolysis reactor, SiPHyR™.

Our telephone contact details remain the same and our new address has been updated on our website to: Western Plant, Door 1, 1 Watts Road, Tonsley SA 5042.

SiBox® demonstration phase testing complete

SiBox demonstration phase complete

We have successfully completed the 12-month testing phase for the SiBox Demonstration Module, having announced completion in late March.

That testing proved capabilities and performance that establish SiBox as a competitive solution for the long-duration energy storage market, particularly for industrial heat applications and grid stability.

This fulfilled key objectives of our SiBox Development Agreement with Woodside Energy Technologies and the Federal Government Modern Manufacturing Initiative, particularly taking the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from 4 to 7 in preparation for commercial operations.

This could be a game-changer for industries requiring dependable high-temperature heat, confirming SiBox’s potential to transform industrial energy use.

This milestone signified a pivotal shift for our company, with the commercialisation stage to identify the best path to take our technology to market.

Read more: SiBox testing complete and commercial moves underway

New appointment to take commercialisation forward

Dr. Jason Chaffey has been appointed to lead the commercial scaling of our technology. Dr Chaffey has extensive experience in commercialising technologies and is well-positioned to lead this venture, supported by 1414 Degrees’ skilled analytical and engineering staff.

Learn more about Dr Chaffey on LinkedIn

Dr. Jason Chaffey

Making SiBrick® suitable for mass production

The development program for our proprietary thermal storage media, SiBrick, is also progressing towards a design that is both durable for long term use and suitable for mass production.

The first batch of this newly designed SiBrick is currently being produced in Germany by our technology partner, Refratechnik Steel Gmbh, who will then conduct thorough thermal cycling and analysis of the storage media.

Following this phase, a trial for the mass production of SiBrick will commence.

Making SiBrick® suitable for mass production

Using our tech to produce hydrogen

We will be using our storage technology to decarbonise methane into hydrogen and solid carbon.

We have obtained two exclusive licences from the University of Adelaide.

The first licence, announced in January, is for a new fluid reactor technology – developed and patented by the University.

The other, announced late last month, is for a new method for producing carbon-free hydrogen from natural gas, currently the subject of an international patent application.

By integrating our SiBrick technology with the University’s licensed designs, we will produce very low cost hydrogen using an efficient hydrogen production method called methane pyrolysis.

Methane pyrolysis is a high-temperature process that transforms methane into hydrogen and solid carbon. It separates the carbon from gas to make a variety of useful and valuable products.

SiPHyR, as our new product will be known, will be developed at our Tonsley facility, thanks to a $2.5m grant, under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P).

Read more: www.1414degrees.com.au/siphyr

Investment bank updates coverage of 1414 Degrees

In October last year, we announced London-based bank, Hannam & Partners had initiated coverage of our company, publishing an independent research report highlighting 1414 Degrees Ltd as a standout player in the thermal energy storage sector.

Following the successful completion of the SiBox Demonstration Module testing phase and a new hydrogen business model, supported by an Australian Government grant, Hannam & Partners updated its target valuation of 1414 Degrees last month.

Read the Hannam & Partners update released last month here.

Read the original report, by Hannam & Partners, published in October 2023 here.

Aurora Energy Precinct transmission access update

In April we also made important progress on the Aurora Energy Precinct, a planned renewable energy park in the Upper Spencer Gulf.

We now have a path to access the 275kV Hill-to-Hill transmission line, which will connect the Aurora Energy Precinct’s electricity generation and stability services to the National Electricity Market.

A Term Sheet provides a process for SiliconAurora, Vast Solar and BHP subsidiary, OZ Minerals to progress to an agreement by 30 September 2024.

Read more: Aurora Energy Precinct transmission access update

Aurora Energy Precinct transmission access update

March Quarterly Activity Report

Late last month, we released to the ASX our Quarterly Activity Report, for the period ending 31 March 2024.

It overviews a productive quarter for our company and for our shareholders, who have seen a substantial revaluation of the company, driven by several of the achievements outlined in this correspondence.

Read the Quarterly on our website

Australian Government Budget 2024 supporting the energy transition

 

We welcome the Australian Government’s 2024 budget commitment to initiatives that will help power Australia with ‘cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy’ https://budget.gov.au/content/03-future-made.htm#m2

Our storage technology is designed to deliver reliable renewable energy and SiPHyR is aimed at very low cost hydrogen production; clean heat and power for a more sustainable planet. 

Learn more about what we do: https://1414degrees.com.au/technology and for more insights on the 2024 Budget, watch this interview with the Clean Energy Council’s Chief Executive, Kane Thornton, who explains the economic opportunities generated by making Australia a renewable energy super power. That’s in addition to the obvious environmental benefits!

New hydrogen processing technology for 14D

New hydrogen processing technology for 14D

In a further development of our strategy to use our technology to produce low-emissions hydrogen, 1414 Degrees is pleased to announce it has acquired exclusive rights to a new method for producing net zero hydrogen from natural gas.

This invention by the University of Adelaide (UoA) is the subject of an international patent application.

The rights are in addition to rights acquired in January, also from the UoA, for a dual-column fluid reactor which is an integral component of our methane pyrolysis hydrogen technology.

The complementary UoA inventions comprise a complete technology for efficient low-emission hydrogen production.

1414 Degrees will progress development of these technologies and integrate them with our silicon-based thermal energy storage solution, with the aim to commercialise “decarbonised gas” as a turn-key solution for industrial heat users.

The new patent is for a process optimising energy use and increasing the efficiency of conversion of natural gas to hydrogen and carbon. The process involves innovative gas-recycling and heat recovery, along with optimised temperature, pressure and separation ratios which can achieve higher reaction efficiencies compared to the existing processes.

By incorporating our SiBrick® silicon storage into the technology, we plan to increase the use of renewable energy and potentially eliminate the need to use hydrogen or methane for process heat, further increasing the hydrogen yield from the process. Using renewable power and hybridising with biogas would result in zero net carbon dioxide emissions.

Dr. Kevin Moriarty, 1414 Degrees Executive Chairman said: “incorporating our silicon storage technologies will allow charging to occur when electricity prices are low, while sustaining round-the-clock heat supply for production in a factory. We are excited to use these patents in our quest to decarbonise high temperature industries.”

Aurora Energy Precinct transmission access update

Aurora Energy Precinct transmission access update

1414 Degrees Ltd is pleased to advise that its joint venture SiliconAurora Pty Ltd, owned equally with Vast Renewables Limited (Vast), has entered into a term sheet with Vast Solar and OZ Minerals Services Pty Ltd , a subsidiary of BHP Group Limited (BHP). The Term Sheet sets out an in-principle process in respect of SiliconAurora and Vast Solar potentially obtaining access to the ElectraNet owned 275kV Hill-to-Hill Transmission Line (H2H) to connect the initial stages of the Aurora Energy Precinct.

The Term Sheet provides for SiliconAurora, Vast Solar and OZM to enter into negotiations for a possible binding agreement by 30 September 2024 (which date can be extended by mutual agreement) that would be intended to govern the arrangements between those parties in relation to access arrangements to the H2H.

Approval for access to the H2H is required from both ElectraNet and the sole customer on the line, OZ Minerals, which was acquired by the BHP group in May 2023. The H2H currently services the two BHP group mines in the north of South Australia, Prominent Hill and Carrapateena. Pursuant to the Term Sheet, SiliconAurora and Vast Solar will commission an independent technical review to assess the risks associated with the proposed connections. The Term Sheet is subject to certain termination scenarios, including if OZM, in its absolute discretion, is not satisfied with the risks associated with the proposed connections to the H2H, following the independent technical review.

As previously announced, SiliconAurora has submitted a transmission connection application to ElectraNet for a 140MW/280MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to connect to the NEM through the H2H line. The application is in progress.

About Aurora Energy Precinct

The Precinct is owned by SiliconAurora, a joint venture between 1414 Degrees Ltd and Vast Renewables Limited which plans to develop a 140MW/280MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) on the site.  Acquired by 14D in November 2019 through the purchase of Solar Reserve Australia II Pty Ltd, now known as SiliconAurora Pty Ltd, the Precinct had Development Approval for 150MW Concentrated Solar Power and 70 MW PV electricity generation. Subsequently, 14D obtained approvals for a 140MW/280MWh BESS and a grid scale SiBox pilot, 14D’s latent heat battery technology. In 2022 Vast acquired a 50% interest in SiliconAurora Pty Ltd from 14D and obtained approvals for its modular concentrated solar technology and a pilot solar methanol plant.

Investment bank updates coverage of 1414 Degrees

Investment bank updates coverage of 1414 Degrees

Investment bank, Hannam & Partners, has updated its coverage of 1414 Degrees.

In October last year, we announced the London-based bank had initiated coverage of our company, publishing an independent research report highlighting 1414 Degrees Ltd as a standout player in the thermal energy storage sector.

Following the successful completion of the SiBox Demonstration Module testing phase and a new hydrogen business model, supported by a $2.5m Australian Government Cooperative Research Centres Project Grant, Hannam & Partners has updated its target valuation of 1414 Degrees Ltd.
Read the Hannam & Partners update released this month here.
Read the original report, by Hannam & Partners, published in October 2023 here.