HyperSolar to building pilot plant to test solar to hydrogen tech

HyperSolar to building pilot plant to test solar to hydrogen tech
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HyperSolar plans to build a production pilot plant to demonstrate the commercial viability of it first generation sunlight and water to hydrogen system in a real-world environment.

The company’s intensive laboratory R&D efforts over the last seven years have resulted in multiple innovations in renewable hydrogen.

While its patented nanoparticle technology is still in development, the Company’s management believes it can utilise its proprietary stability coatings and catalysts with readily available commercial solar cells encapsulated in panels with water (hydrogen generation panels) to demonstrate a completely renewable hydrogen generation system at production pilot plant scale.

The Company’s management is currently negotiating with various suppliers to manufacture the quantity of hydrogen generation panels required for its production pilot plant.

Once a lead contract manufacturer has been selected, the Company’s technology team must transfer its lab processes and techniques to production engineers to complete the commercialisation of the hydrogen generation panels.

The company said it intends to design and manufacture its hydrogen generation panels in such a way that they can be interchanged and that the company’s second-generation nanoparticle technology can be inserted and utilised without changing the plant infrastructure, thereby allowing for extensive testing and improvement in economics and efficiency.

HyperSolar is currently in discussions to retain the services of an engineering firm with industrial gas experience to design and build its production pilot plant.

The company said that, ideally, the production pilot plant will be located at or near a large fulfilment or distribution centre where extensive hydrogen fuel cell forklifts and materials handling equipment is being utilised.

The key difference will be that HyperSolar’s renewable hydrogen will be replacing a portion of the hydrogen produced using methane-steam-reforming.

Steam-reforming accounts for over 95% of the hydrogen production today and while the emission of the hydrogen is pure water, the manufacturing process still uses a fossil fuel in natural gas and releases tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.