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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

Energy Seminar: Andrew Ponec, Antora Energy

October 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
See livestream link in description.

Free

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
Contact Email: 
sarah.weaver@stanford.edu

Watch via livestream at https://stanford-pilot.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=18c995be-91f5-4463-b794-adb201764ff3

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, Antora Energy is 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.

Andrew Ponec is Co-founder and CEO of Antora Energy.