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HyperSolar "demonstrates" hydrogen from sunlight and water
Production, July 25 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- HyperSolar Inc of Santa Barbara, California, has completed a laboratory scale demonstration making hydrogen from sunlight and water.
Rather than use conventional solar panels to generate electricity and electrolyse water, it uses components of solar cell material in nano size particles.
These particles are "integrated into tiny electrolysis particles coated with HyperSolar's novel encapsulation materials."
These particles can be submerged directly into water and will automatically produce hydrogen in the presence of sunlight, HyperSolar says.
The company has completed a "proof-of-concept prototype particle" with a low cost polymer coating.
The water does not need any pre-treatment - the company demonstrated how it could be done using waste water from California's Salton Sea.
A video of this demonstration is available at http://www.hypersolar.com.
The water was held in a plastic bag. The water was split into hydrogen and oxygen gas, which filled the bag.
"The simplicity of this laboratory demonstration exemplifies the elegant and easy use of our low cost, self-contained renewable hydrogen production particles," says Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar.
We are in conversations with potential partners about building larger demonstration systems that will produce renewable hydrogen for electricity generation, as well as hydrogen car fuelling stations. With our technology."