HyperSolar Reaches Another Milestone Towards Commercially Viable Solar-to-Hydrogen Efficiency
Company’s research team nearly triples photocurrents in novel solar cell to achieve high efficiency in splitting water molecules for hydrogen production
SANTA BARBARA, CA – July 26, 2016 - HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it recently was able to nearly triple photocurrents in its novel solar cell, an important breakthrough to increase the rate of hydrogen (“H2”) production as the Company seeks to scale its technology to support real world energy applications.
The volume of hydrogen produced is directly related to the amount of photocurrents generated utilizing submersible, integrated solar cell materials. The Company, in partnership with University of Iowa, was able to nearly triple this amount of photocurrents generated from its novel solar cell materials. This breakthrough constitutes an important milestone in the Company’s effort to split water molecules for the production of renewable hydrogen fuel.
In terms of next steps, HyperSolar seeks to optimize the catalyst loading onto the solar cells in order to apply the increased efficiency of the photocurrents, resulting in a more powerful hydrogen production process. “This breakthrough on the negative side (cathode reduction reaction) of the solar hydrogen production device allows us to leverage the success we achieved earlier with high photocurrents obtained on the positive side of the device (anode oxidation reaction), said Dr. Joun Lee, Chief Technology Officer at HyperSolar. “We believe this achievement to be crucial, as it is necessary to match the currents on both sides of the electrode to achieve optimum hydrogen production efficiency.”
HyperSolar has previously shown that it could reliably achieve photovoltages exceeding 1.5 Volts, the widely accepted voltage needed for splitting water using sunlight as the sole energy input. With the photovoltage challenge solved, the Company has focused on improvements to photocurrents with a current density of 5 mA cm-2, or two-thirds of the value needed to achieve the Company’s commercialization goal of 10% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency. This has supported the Company’s research and development objectives as it progresses towards a system that may potentially be very economical in a real-world environment for hydrogen production to meet increased market demand. Further development efforts will focus on increasing the long-term stability of the cells within these reactor environments.
HyperSolar was recently the focus of a Triple Pundit article entitled, New Process Efficiently Uses Solar to Produce Hydrogen in which the author referenced existing hydrogen production technologies in comparison to HyperSolar. The article highlights two key breakthroughs made by the Company, including the development of a nanoparticle “designed to mimic natural photosynthesis in the way that it absorbs sunlight,” as well as the approach of using “integrated anode and cathode areas that efficiently split the water and transfer electrons into the molecular hydrogen bonds.”
HyperSolar’s research is focused on developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under 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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Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016