New hydrogen fuel production system could help jump start a hydrogen economyOctober 20, 2016
Demand for hydrogen stations is growing quickly
The demand for a hydrogen fuel infrastructure is growing, but building this infrastructure has proven both difficult and time consuming. Conventional hydrogen production methods are heavily reliant on fossil-fuels, which makes hydrogen, as a whole, less attractive than other forms of clean energy. Using wind or solar energy to power vehicles, however, is also unviable, which is why major automakers are focusing their efforts on hydrogen. Combining renewable energy and hydrogen fuel production may help fuel cells become more prominent in the transportation space.
HyperSolar’s new prototype could help unlike a sustainable future for hydrogen fuel production
HyperSolar, a leading developer of hybrid hydrogen fuel production systems based on clean energy, has developed a new prototype system. Renewable hydrogen has long been a focus for HyperSolar and the company has, in the past, shown how solar energy can be used in the hydrogen fuel production process. The company’s new prototype is designed to mimic the natural process of photosynthesis. The prototype is called a “self-contained phtoelectrochemical nanosystem,” or H2 Generator, and leverages the power of nanoparticles to harness the power of the sun. HyperSolar believes that its new system could significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen fuel production as a whole.
New system leverages solar energy and waste water
The H2 Generator currently exists as a lab-scale prototype. In tests, HyperSolar has found that it has been able to make use of separate solar arrays as a way to generate electricity to power the hydrogen fuel production process. The technology is also able to turn wastewater and other non-potable water into hydrogen at, or near the point of distribution.
Renewable hydrogen fuel production is becoming a priority for automakers
Renewable hydrogen fuel production could have major implications for the transportation space. Many major automakers are developing vehicles equipped with fuel cells, but the infrastructure needed to support these vehicles is still lacking. Using renewable energy, such as solar power, to overcome the challenges associated with building a sustainable hydrogen infrastructure.