HyperSolar, Inc. has released a video demonstration of its prototype successfully producing hydrogen (H2) using water from the Lowa River, an indication of the technology’s potential in real world settings.
In the video, HyperSolar Chief Technology Officer Dr. Joun lee collects water from the lowa river. Following collection, the water is injected into the prototype device and exposed to natural sunlight to initiate the artificial photosynthesis process.
The device contains HyperSolar’s proprietary H2 production particle, which consists of a high voltage solar cell encapsulated in a protective catalyst coating. The coating allows H2 production to run for hundreds of hours in very corrosive water, without damage.
Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar, said, “The video demonstrates the simplicity in operation and wide applicability of the lab-scale prototype device, one that we anticipate can be scaled up for commercial utilisation to produce renewable H2 at or near the point of distribution.”
HyperSolar is developing a low cost technology to make renewable H2 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, H2 fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct.