Technological breakthrough will reduce the cost of catalyst by minimizing the noble metal loading, a critical component for hydrogen production.
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 it has successfully identified and developed a method of minimizing the loading of expensive platinum (Pt) catalyst on a large surface area 3D carbon foam structure, which will be incorporated into the generator for hydrogen production.
HyperSolar’s research team at the University of Iowa published their results in Frontiers in Chemistry, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that details news and breakthroughs within scientific disciplines including electrochemical energy storage and conversion, electrochemical materials science, electrocatalyst and photoelectrochemistry etc. The published paper highlights the scientific team’s successful stable hydrogen production using the ultra-low Pt loaded 3D carbon foam that showed excellent mass activities superior to the state-of-the-art commercial platinum/carbon catalyst.
The research, led by Professor Syed Mubeen, utilizes cheap carbon foam support with high surface area as base substrate to load ultra-low amounts of platinum (10x lower than the state-of-the-art commercial electrodes) for efficient and stable production of hydrogen.
“This innovation, as reviewed by our peers within the scientific community, emphasizes the importance of developing strategies to identify systems that could operate as efficient as current commercial catalysts while being cost effective and economical,” said Dr. Syed Mubeen, principal investigator of HyperSolar’s research team at the University of Iowa. As we continue to drive down the cost of individual components within our renewable hydrogen generation process, the entire system becomes capable of producing cheaper, more commercially viable hydrogen.
“We are very pleased to see the strong work performed by our research team at the University of Iowa, as these developments take us closer to commercial viability,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “With our process and path to commercialization defined, HyperSolar is laser-focused on identifying each component of the device that we believe will benefit from innovation. This further increases the efficiency and reduces the cost of the technology as a whole. The cumulative impact of the collection of our technological milestones brings our hydrogen generator closer to commercial viability.”
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.