1414 Degrees secures $2.5m Grant for SiPHyR clean hydrogen technology

1414 Degrees secures $2.5m Grant for SiPHyR clean hydrogen technology

1414 Degrees Ltd is proud to announce that it has been granted $2.5m by the Australian Government to advance its SiPHyR technology for affordable net-zero hydrogen production. This funding is part of a $5.2m project, conducted in partnership with the University of Adelaide (UoA), Woodside Energy Technologies, Vulcan Steel, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, to develop a methane pyrolysis reactor for cost-effective turquoise hydrogen production.

This significant grant builds on the Company’s recent announcement (8 January 2024) that it has secured an exclusive licence from the UoA to commercialise its dual-column fluid reactor technology.

SiPHyR (SiBrick integrated Pyrolytic Hydrogen Reactor) combines methane pyrolysis – a high-temperature process that transforms methane into hydrogen gas and solid carbon, with 14D’s proprietary silicon energy storage technologies SiBrick and SiBox. SiPHyR stands out in the hydrogen production landscape by circumventing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with grey hydrogen production, eliminating the technical and cost challenges of carbon dioxide gas capture as encountered in blue hydrogen methods, while requiring much less electricity generation and transmission infrastructure than green hydrogen. 

Net-zero hydrogen is needed at a cost below US$2/kg if it is to become cost-competitive in heavy industries such as fertilizers, iron/steel and alumina production. This scalable technology could enable continuous production of net-zero hydrogen at an estimated cost of around US$1/kg, markedly lower than current methods. It will also produce a solid carbon product that can be used in many industries, including steel and plastic production.

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.

1414 Degrees is committed to the transition to a clean hydrogen economy and is set to commercialise SiPHyR by 2030. 

December 2023 Quarterly Activity Report

December 2023 Quarterly Activity Report

1414 Degrees provided an update to the ASX outlining progress on key milestones during the Quarterly Report for the period ending 31 December 2023.

Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty wrote to Shareholders summarising the key updates. His correspondence and the Quarterly update are provided in the link here.

 

1414 Degrees to enhance reactor technology with SiBrick integration

1414 Degrees to enhance reactor technology with SiBrick integration

We are pleased to announce that we have obtained an exclusive licence for a new fluid reactor technology (Reactor) developed and patented by The University of Adelaide.

The novel Reactor design features innovative dual bubble column technology with liquid metal catalysts for high-temperature reactions. 1414 Degrees plans to integrate its SiBrick™ silicon thermal storage with the Reactor design, primarily for emissions-free hydrogen production through pyrolysis of methane. Integrating SiBrick with the Reactor will allow the use of intermittent renewable energy in the process, which requires constant very high temperatures to maintain continuous hydrogen production.

The University of Adelaide will continue to develop its Reactor design under a sub-licence for teaching and research purposes.

On successful commercialisation 1414 Degrees will pay royalties to the University. The licence term is 20 years and the agreement includes an option for 1414 Degrees to purchase the intellectual property in the future.

SiBox proves ability to track electricity pricing

SiBox proves ability to track electricity pricing

The SiBox® Demonstration Module is charging according to National Electricity Market (NEM) pricing.

In a successful new phase of operation, our technology demonstrates the capability to discharge a constant 24/7 heat output while charging intermittently when electricity is cheaper.

This is an essential requirement for customers as it will allow them to minimise their energy costs while enabling their processes to run continuously.

Read the complete update to the ASX below.

Highlights:

  • Successful integration of SiBox with National Electricity Market pricing
  • Consistent heat output maintained despite variable charging cycles representing low and high pricing periods, demonstrating reliability and commercial viability
  • Completion of six daily cycles at 700°C, with plans for higher temperature operations

 

 

Figure 1. Shows constant heat output (orange) for 6 days with variable storage temperature (red). Top is SiBox state-of-charge (blue). Middle shows NEM price curves (blue line) and SiBox charging status (green is on).

1414 Degrees Ltd (“1414 Degrees”, “14D”, or the “Company“) is pleased to announce its SiBox Demonstration Module (SiBox or SDM) is charging according to National Electricity Market (NEM) pricing.  This successful new phase of operation showcases the SiBox technology’s capability to discharge a constant 24/7 heat output while charging intermittently when electricity is cheaper.

This is an essential requirement for customers as it will allow them to minimise their energy costs while enabling their processes to run continuously. The SiBox successfully completed six daily cycles at 700°C output. Future runs will be conducted at higher temperatures.

This sets the stage for the SiBox to participate in demand management on the NEM to further minimise energy costs.
Furthermore, 14D is preparing the SDM to test its ability to provide frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) in the NEM, potentially enabling a new revenue stream for future SiBox installations in the electricity market while also substituting a renewable source of FCAS for the typical fossil fuel source of gas or coal.

About FCAS

FCAS are mechanisms in the power grid that maintain the balance between electricity demand and supply, ensuring a stable and reliable frequency. Generating revenue from FCAS involves rapidly in response to grid imbalances, and receiving compensation for helping maintain system stability

November Annual General Meeting

November Annual General Meeting

On 10 November 2023, 1414 Degrees Limited held our Annual General Meeting (AGM). 

Our Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty, elaborated on how the past year had been marked by significant achievements in technology validation, ongoing product development, strategic market positioning, and reporting of real results to shareholders, all while laying groundwork to attract global investors. 

The presentation delivered at the AGM provided an overview of the size of the market for our thermal energy storage technology – SiBrickTM – as well as how the Aurora Energy Precinct is poised for near-term cash flow potential from the National Electricity Market. 

For more details, including the technology commercialisation road map, see the AGM presentation here.

1414 Degrees receives increased funding from Woodside for SiBox®

1414 Degrees receives increased funding from Woodside for SiBox®

1414 Degrees Ltd is pleased to announce that Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd (“Woodside”) have increased their funding of 14D’s SiBox Demonstration Module (SDM) by AU$750,000, taking the total funding to AU$2.75 million. The increased funding from Woodside will be made on the completion of specific milestones by the Company.

This takes total grant funding of the SDM project to AU$4.95m including AU$2.2m from the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative. It follows the successful commissioning in mid 2023, demonstrating the SDM’s ability to convert electric energy into a controlled very hot air stream for industrial processes.

The SDM is now operating autonomously, showcasing its flexibility to meet a range of industry needs by operating with constant flow rate at outlet temperatures ranging up to 900°C. It provided a stable hot air stream for over 6 hours at 900°C and over 15 hours at 700°C, drawing from both latent and sensible heat in its SiBrick™ storage media.

Following successful technology validation, Woodside will consider options for both technology infusion and potential pathways for commercialisation.

SiBox represents a significant advancement in 1414 Degrees’ energy storage technology developed over more than a decade.

Commenting, 1414 Degrees Chairman, Dr. Kevin Moriarty, stated, “Over the next 12 months, we anticipate that SiBox will emerge as a pivotal emissions solution for industrial sectors that manufacture the infrastructure of our societies and electricity generation. With financial support from Woodside and the Australian Government Modern Manufacturing Initiative, we are well-positioned to facilitate industries’ transition to lower carbon energy by providing high capacity high-temperature heat, addressing their unique challenges of high temperature, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.”

1414 Degrees Chief Technology Officer, Dr Mahesh Venkataraman said, “SiBox has demonstrated that our tech has the potential to abate emissions in carbon-intensive industries and has been recognised by Woodside for our progress in achieving technical milestones.  We have now successfully completed a key milestone in the validation of SiBox and will continue to test this technology for industrial applications.”

For further information on the Company’s agreement with Woodside Energy Technologies Pty Ltd, refer to the Company’s announcement to the ASX dated 13 October 2021.