STARS – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Team Members 
Principal Investigator: Bob Wegeng, project manager/engineer
Entrepreneurial Lead: Chris Klasen, project and proposal manager
Industry Mentor: Peter Brehm, Infinia Technology

Technology Description

The Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System (STARS) uses the sun’s rays to convert natural gas or biomethane feedstock into chemical energy resulting in energy-rich gas that is ready for commercial use, including hydrogen production, methanol production for on-site use, and electrical generation. Energy I-Corps will help the team understand and characterize the potential market uses for STARS, develop a more efficient prototype suitable for manufacturing, and create a commercialization pathway based on industry input.