SANTA BARBARA, CA— HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen, using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that the China National Intellectual Property Administration has granted HyperSolar patent No. ZL 201580026002.0 entitled “Multi-junction artificial photosynthetic cell with enhanced photovoltages”.
This patent is jointly held with HyperSolar and the Regents of the University of California, as a result of the collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara in developing the technology.
The patent protects the Company’s Gen 2 proprietary design of a self-contained high-voltage solar hydrogen production device made up of billions of solar-powered water-splitting nanoparticles, per square centimeter. These nanoparticles consist of multiple layers of solar cells that increase the photovoltages of the nanoparticles for higher solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency. The nano-sized design of the structure enhances the light absorption by the solar cell thus requiring much less materials compare to traditional film solar cells.
The innovative integrated structures of high-density arrays of nano-sized, high-voltage solar cells will serve as the core of the company’s future hydrogen production units. The high-light absorbing properties of the nanoparticle solar cells enable production of ultrathin solar cells with significantly lower amount of materials. The nanoparticle solar cells can be produced through a conventional roll-to-roll process which requires substantially lower materials and manufacturing cost compared to conventional solar cells used in rooftop power applications. A more detailed explanation of the technology can be viewed here.
China’s commitment to hydrogen is a focus of its economic planning. Aggressive investment in hydrogen infrastructure, recent record increases in fuel cell-related stock valuations, and overall national enthusiasm for hydrogen signal the inexorable progress toward the hydrogen economy in the world’s most populous country. A Bloomberg article, by Adam Minter, recently summarized China’s recent hydrogen developments.
“The China patent is key for HyperSolar,” commented HyperSolar’s CEO Tim Young. “With China’s aggressive commitment to hydrogen, we see a real possibility of widespread adoption of our technology there in years to come.”
HyperSolar’s research is focused on developing a completely renewable, low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using the power of the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel high voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts by a proprietary encapsulation coating. A video detailing the rise of hydrogen fuel technology, as well as HyperSolar’s completely renewable process of hydrogen fuel production can be viewed by visiting here.
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.
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