California-based company, HyperSolar Inc, has demonstrated a working version of its large-scale hydrogen unit device. The device will aid in the creation of full-sized panels that will be used in HyperSolar's anticipated pilot plant. The pilot plant, on the other hand, will enable the production of renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, according to a press release on December 16, 2019.

HyperSolar Demonstrates Working Prototype of Hydrogen Unit

Per the press release, HyperSolar has demonstrated a working version of its hydrogen unit device that will aid in the production of full-sized panels. These panels will be employed in an expected Gen 1 pilot plant where hydrogen will be generated using sunlight and water.

Reportedly, 10 of these hydrogen unit devices will be assembled into one large full-sized panel, which will be used in the Gen 1 pilot plant. And the expected date for the pilot plant's completion is late Spring of 2020.

HyperSolar Seeks to Generate Renewable Hydrogen

According to HyperSolar, it seeks to use its technology to generate renewable hydrogen in an environmentally friendly manner while also meeting the growing global demand for renewable hydrogen. It also aims to enable a world of distributed hydrogen production for renewable electricity as well as hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

To that effect, the company is developing a low-cost technology that can be used to produce renewable hydrogen. In this case, hydrogen will be generated using sunlight and sources of water such as seawater and wastewater - thereby providing an environmentally friendly technique for generating hydrogen.

Hydrogen Fuel More Environmentally Friendly Than Hydrocarbon Fuel

The use of hydrogen fuel is more beneficial than hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas. These fuels could release carbon dioxide and other contaminants into the atmosphere. In contrast, hydrogen fuel usage only releases pure water as its byproduct which is not harmful to the environment.

According to HyperSolar:

"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."

Commenting on the working prototype, Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar said the company's production of an operating version of a large-scale panel is a major milestone in the pilot plant's development. The company is also confident that this achievement and its collaboration with top engineers will facilitate its development of high quality, full-scale hydrogen panels that will be included in the Gen 1 pilot plant.

HyperSolar Granted Chinese Patent for its Technology

More news has emerged in the past few months from the California-based company. In April 2019, the China National Intellectual Property Administration granted the company a patent for its renewable hydrogen production nanotechnology. However, the patent is jointly held by HyperSolar and the Regents of the University of California. According to HyperSolar, it is a jointly held patent because it collaborated with the University of California, Santa Barbara in developing the technology.

The company at the time said:

"The patent protects the Company’s Gen 2 proprietary design of a self-contained high-voltage solar hydrogen production device made up of billions of solar-powered water-splitting nanoparticles, per square centimeter."

HyperSolar Receives a European Patent for its Technology

Asides from a Chinese patent, HyperSolar also received a European patent for its technology. And like the Chinese patent, it is jointly held by HyperSolar and the Regents of the University of California. More news revealed that the company was given until June 6, 2019, to designate which countries in Europe it intends to validate the patent.

What's more, HyperSolar announced in June 2019, that there has been an extension of its sponsored research agreement with the University of Iowa. As part of the agreement, HyperSolar will continue to focus on the hydrogen production technology process aimed to meet the growing global demand for renewable hydrogen.

In line with that, the agreement centers on work that will lead to the completion and commercialization of HyperSolar's GEN 2 nanoparticle hydrogen production panels. And in this case, Dr. Joun Lee, HyperSolar's CTO and Dr. Syed Mubeen, University of Iowa's Assistant Professor will lead the work.

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