HyperSolar Granted Critical Patent for Producing Low Cost Renewable Hydrogen
HyperSolar, Inc. the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen, using sunlight and any source of water, announced that it was issued Patent No. 10100415 from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for “Multi-junction artificial photosynthetic cell with enhanced photovoltages.”
The patent is critical to protecting the intellectual property related to the development of HyperSolar’s GEN 2 technology, a potentially very low-cost renewable hydrogen technology. This patent is jointly owned by HyperSolar and the Regents of the University of California, as a result of the collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara in developing the technology.
The patent protects the Company’s proprietary design of a self-contained high voltage solarto-hydrogen device made up of billions of solar-powered water-splitting nanoparticles, per square cen- timeter. These nanoparticles consist of multiple layers of solar cells stacked on top of each other to increase the photovoltages for higher solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency.
The important aspect of the patented technology is the integrated structures of high-density arrays of nano-sized high voltage solar cells as the core of hydrogen production units. The nanoparticles can be produced on ultra-thin sheets through a roll-to-roll process which requires substantially lower materials cost and manufacturing cost compared to conventional solar cells used in rooftop power applications. Further, the manufacturing process uses low physical and carbon footprint and maximizes raw material utilization.
This GEN 2 technology is designed from the ground up to be extremely low cost. The Company believes it has the potential to produce “green” renewable hydrogen to replace “brown” hydrogen made from the steam reforming of natural gas, the primary generation method used to power the fast-growing hydrogen fuel-cell transportation sector for cars, trucks, busses and trains.