HyperSolar to Build Hydrogen Pilot Production Plant
HyperSolar to Build Hydrogen Pilot Production Plant
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, November 16, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- HyperSolar, Inc. (HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, today announced its intention to build a production pilot plant to demonstrate the commercial viability of it first generation system in a real world environment. 

The company’s intensive laboratory research and development efforts over the last seven years have resulted in multiple innovations in renewable hydrogen. While its patented nanoparticle technology is still in development, the Company’s management believes it can utilize its proprietary stability coatings and catalysts with readily available commercial solar cells encapsulated in panels with water (“hydrogen generation panels”) to demonstrate a completely renewable hydrogen generation system at production pilot plant scale. A video demonstration of the company’s prototype can be viewed below.

The company intends to design and manufacture its hydrogen generation panels in such a way that they can be interchanged and that the company’s second-generation nanoparticle technology can be inserted and utilized without changing the plant infrastructure, thereby allowing for extensive testing and improvement in economics and efficiency.   

HyperSolar is currently in discussions to retain the services of an engineering firm with industrial gas experience to design and build its production pilot plant. Engineering challenges include handling the capture, pressurization, and storage of the produced renewable hydrogen.

Ideally, the production pilot plant will be located at or near a large fulfillment or distribution center where extensive hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and materials handling equipment is being utilized. The key difference will be that HyperSolar’s renewable hydrogen will be replacing a portion of the hydrogen produced using methane-steam-reforming. Steam-reforming accounts for over 95% of the hydrogen production today and while the emission of the hydrogen is pure water, the manufacturing process still uses a fossil fuel in natural gas and releases tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

“We are very excited about the prospect of moving out of the lab and into a real-world environment where our hard work and the efforts of our development partners (The University of Iowa and University of California, Santa Barbara) can be showcased and demonstrated to potential customers,” stated Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar

HyperSolar’s continuing 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 below.

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