Hydrogen Production from Sunlight ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) -HyperSolar News SANTA BARBARA, CA – June 30, 2014– The company’s patent pending polymer coating applied to a bromine electrode in a wireless solar powered particle allows continuous production of renewable hydrogen for 170 hours.
HyperSolar, Inc. the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, announced today that it’s patent pending polymer coating, when applied to a bromine electrode in a wireless solar powered particle, resulted in 170 continuous hours of hydrogen production, one of the longest duration applications of wireless hydrogen production on record.
The test conducted by members of the company’s research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) confirms the possibility of commercializing a process for the direct conversion of sunlight into valuable chemicals and fuels. Solar to chemical conversion (artificial photosynthesis) has the advantage in that the energy storage challenges associated with photovoltaics are eliminated. The company’s goal is to efficiently convert solar energy into hydrogen.
“Our UCSB research team is continuing its work to reach the ultimate milestone of achieving 1.5 open volts required to successfully split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. Meanwhile, we are very encouraged to learn that our patent pending polymer coating will allow the process to occur,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar.
HyperSolar’s technology is based on the concept of developing a low-cost, submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using sunlight without any other external systems or resources – acting as artificial photosynthesis. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at http://hypersolar.com/
The company announced earlier this year that it had achieved 1.2 open circuit voltage progressing towards its goal of 1.5 open volts.
About HyperSolar, Inc.
HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough, low cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct. By optimizing the science of water electrolysis at the nano-level, our low cost nanoparticles mimic photosynthesis to efficiently use sunlight to separate hydrogen from water, to produce environmentally friendly renewable hydrogen. Using our low cost method to produce renewable hydrogen, we intend to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
To learn more about HyperSolar, please visit our website at www.hypersolar.com.