HyperSolar has announced it is evaluating commercial methods for onsite hydrogen production at distribution points or fueling stations to meet the demand created by the launch of fuel cell cars next year.

Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major manufacturers have announced plans to introduce hydrogen fuel cell cars next year. Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar, said, “We are strongly encouraged by the recent announcements of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers to begin shipping hydrogen fuel cell cars next year.”

“We believe our technology can address two serious drawbacks impeding major adoption of hydrogen automobiles:  First, the lack of hydrogen production infrastructure near the point of distribution or the fuelling stations is addressed by our solar hydrogen production process.  Second, hydrogen is currently produced from a fossil fuel-natural gas-in a process that releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

“Our cutting-edge research program at the University of California Santa Barbara led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini continues to make impressive progress,” continued Young. “The recently announced 1.0 volt milestone is very exciting in that it provides us with a clear and encouraging roadmap to reach the 1.5 volts needed for water splitting. We believe that producing renewable hydrogen anywhere there is water and sunlight is the key to realising cost-effective hydrogen production for use in fuel cell vehicles. Using our technology, hydrogen fueling stations could be built next to self-contained solar hydrogen production plants.”

HyperSolar’s research is centered 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.