1414 Degrees launches hydrogen development project


Friday, 14 June, 2024

1414 Degrees launches hydrogen development project

Clean energy company 1414 Degrees has announced a formalised partnership with key companies and institutions to develop its 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.

“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,” said 1414 Degrees’ Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty.

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 of TRL 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.

SiPHyR aims to produce lower-emissions hydrogen at a cost target of less than US$2 per kilogram.

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