1414 Degrees receives increased funding from Woodside for SiBox
Clean energy company 1414 Degrees (14D) has announced that Woodside Energy Technologies has increased its funding of 14D's SiBox Demonstration Module (SDM) by $750,000, taking the total funding to $2.75 million.
This takes total grant funding of the SDM project announced in 2021 to $4.95 million, including $2.2 million from the Australian Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative. It follows a 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, showing 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.
“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,” said 1414 Degrees’ Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty. “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.
“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,” said 1414 Degrees’ Chief Technology Officer, Dr Mahesh Venkataraman.
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