Starfire Energy formed in 2007 to focus on residential solar electric system installation.
Soon after Starfire Energy started, we found that people needed help with existing solar water heating systems and maintenance of solar electric systems that other companies no longer supported. We expanded our service options to serve that need.
In 2012, we started working with the Electric Power Research Institue, installing flat plate and concentrating photovoltaic systems for them at their SolarTAC research site. This gave us great experience comparing flat plate solar panel technologies and pre-commercial 2-axis tracking concentrating photovoltaic systems.
In late 2015, we were notified that we would receive a $1.4M research grant from the Department of Energy ARPA-E program to develop a fast-ramping NH3 synthesis system to produce clean NH3 fuel from wind and solar power. We stopped taking on new solar work then so we could focus on the NH3 fuel work, which we began in early 2016.
Joe’s background includes laboratory research, co-founding a thin film PV startup, and solar photovoltaic and thermal system design/build/repair. He has a PhD in Applied Physics.
Jennifer is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a MS in Technology Management and decades of experience managing projects up to $25M and 200 participants.
Jon has a MS in Engineering Systems. His background includes operating a wide range of scientific equipment, repairing many types of equipment, and working in a major semiconductor device fabrication company.
Adam has a PhD in Materials Science. His background includes thin film deposition and characterization and photoelectrochemical hydrogen device materials testing.
We will soon be hiring two more engineers to work on our prototype clean NH3 synthesis system and converting internal combustion engines to run on clean NH3 fuel.