March 1, 2023

Dish-STARS Commercialization - CRADA 380 (Final Report)


The goal of this project is to aggressively support the near-term commercialization of a new technology platform – based on the integration of solar concentrators and micro- and meso-channel process technology (MMPT) – that was evaluated and identified as a strong candidate for near-term commercialization at EERE’s inaugural Lab-Corps program during early FY2016. Known as STARS, for Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System, or Dish-STARSTM when paired with parabolic dish concentrators, STARS is a promising energy-related technology developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that efficiently converts solar energy into chemical energy. Combined with economies through hardware mass production, the efficiency of Dish-STARSTM provides a near-term opportunity for the production of renewable electricity, fuels and chemicals. The project supported the cooperative development of Dish-STARSTM by PNNL and industry partners including California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and the startup company, STARS Technology Corporation (STC), which was founded by the PNNL Lab-Corps team that evaluated STARS on behalf of EERE. Under this project, the team advanced the Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6) STARS reaction system, developed under the previous DOE SunShot project, to TRL 7 through on-sun testing in California by PNNL. The advances made in this project enabled STC to accelerate commercial development and initiate work towards a major technology demonstration in California for a hydrogen filling station application.

Published: March 1, 2023


Zheng R.F. 2022. Dish-STARS Commercialization - CRADA 380 (Final Report) Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.