HyperSolar hybrid energy technology reaches a promising milestoneMay 25, 2012
Hybrid energy technology can produce renewable hydrogen gas
HyperSolar, a developer of hybrid energy systems combing solar technology and hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that its first proof of concept prototype hybrid system has achieved successful results. The company claims that this accomplishment proves the scientific validity of its energy production concept. The technology developed by HyperSolar aims to use sunlight and a source of water to produce a sustainable source of hydrogen gas. The hydrogen produced in this way would be renewable, providing fuel cells with an endless supply of fuel.
Technology works by mimicking photosynthesis
The company has devised a method to coat a small solar energy device in a low-cost polymer material. This coating is able to form a self contained particle that can mimic photosynthesis, allowing it to generate electricity by collecting sunlight. When the solar device is immersed in water and exposed to sunlight, synthetic or real, it is able to separate hydrogen molecules from the liquid, creating hydrogen gas.
HyperSolar declares technology a breakthrough for the world of energy
The technology is similar to the world’s first artificial leaf developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Both technologies generate electricity and hydrogen gas by mimicking photosynthesis, and both are expected to make hydrogen fuel cells more viable and effective energy systems. HyperSolar believes that the technology will help hydrogen fuel cells find more acceptance as energy systems, though this may be several years away from actualization as the technology still requires further development.
University of California and HyperSolar team to make further develop the technology
HyperSolar has entered into a research agreement with the University of California. According to this agreement, which is sponsored by the university, HyperSolar will be able to use resources provided by the university in order to continue researching and developing its technology. This agreement is expected to accelerate the development of the technology and bring it closer to commercialization. The University of California will make announcements when the technology reaches new milestones in the future.