By Gary Thomas
HyperSolar has reported that the company’s latest advancements will enable its nanotechnology process to produce renewable and zero-carbon hydrogen fuel from almost any type of water source.
In the traditional water electrolysis process, an electrical voltage is applied to break down water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen. Nevertheless, the utilization of ultrapure water is essential for present commercial electrolysis methods to avoid malfunctioning of their system components. The requirement for the water purification process increases the overall cost, which in turn limits the wide implementation of water-splitting technology to produce renewable hydrogen.
HyperSolar’s nanotechnology process efficiently produces renewable, zero-carbon hydrogen by electrolyzing water at the nanoscale using sunlight. Since the process does not require clean water, it can produce renewable hydrogen at a lower cost.
HyperSolar’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Young informed that the company recently announced the development of a low-cost coating to protect its water-splitting nanoparticles from general water impurities and photo corrosion. Moreover, additional technical development and laboratory tests demonstrated that this novel coating is capable of protecting the nanoparticles even when they immersed in adverse water environments such as seawater, wastewater and lake water..
Young further said that HyperSolar’s nanotechnology approach is capable of transforming the world. If a high-efficient, solar-powered water-splitting nanoparticle is successfully developed at a lower cost, then river water, runoff water, seawater, or wastewater can be used for renewable hydrogen production in large quantities. The use of hydrogen fuel in combustion to fuel cells will bring back clean water to the world. The company is advancing towards this vision.