Starfire Energy
Clean NH3 for
Energy Storage
and Fuel

Technology

Starfire Energy is developing a NH3 synthesis system that can quickly ramp up and down to follow variations in wind and solar power. We have several patents pending. Click on the technology areas below to learn more.

Clean Fuel from Air and Water

An Overview

Fast Catalyst

Proprietary Support Material

Gas Phase NH3 Removal

Proprietary NH3 Harvesting Process

About

Starfire Energy is dedicated to making sustainable energy a reality. We started in solar energy. We are now focused on NH3 fuel. Liquid fuel synthesis from clean energy is the next critical technology for sustainable energy.

  • 2007

    Starfire Energy formed

    We started Starfire Energy in 2007 to focus on residential solar electric system installation.

  • 2008-2011

    Residential solar services expanded

    We quickly 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.

  • 2012-2015

    Solar R&D system installation

    We started working with the Electric Power Research Institue, installing flat plate and 2-axis concentrating photovoltaic systems for them at their SolarTAC research site. This gave us great insights into prototype energy technology testing.

  • 2016-present

    NH3 fuel synthesis research

    In late 2015, the Department of Energy ARPA-E program notified us that we would receive a $1.4M research grant to develop a fast-ramping clean NH3 synthesis system. We stopped taking on new solar work then so we could focus on the NH3 fuel work.

  • Building prototype reactor

Our Staff

We have a great staff with experience in lab research, thin film solar panel company startup, engineering, project management, and cost accounting.

Joe Beach

Joe Beach

President

  • Business strategy
  • Research strategy

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 Beach

Jennifer Beach

Vice President of Business Administration

  • Project management consulting
  • Business financial management

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 Kintner

Jon Kintner

Research Engineer

  • Apparatus design
  • Apparatus fabrication
  • Data acquisition

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 Welch

Adam Welch

Research Engineer

  • Catalyst synthesis
  • Catalyst testing

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.