HyperSolar Inc (OTCMKTS:HYSR) saw a recent pop in price and volume after the Company announced it had reached 1.55 volts (V), a significant milestone achievement in its effort to split water molecules for the production of renewable hydrogen fuel.
HYSR is a stock with a history of highly explosive moves up running from $0.0035 to highs of $0.135 last year. The stock has been highly volatile since and remains and Investor favorite.
HyperSolar Inc (OTCMKTS:HYSR) is developing a breakthrough, low-cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, including seawater and wastewater. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere when used, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct.
HyperSolar’s research is centered on developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel high voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts by a proprietary encapsulation coating.
The theoretical minimum voltage needed to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen is 1.23 V. However, in real world systems, 1.5 V or more is generally needed because of the low reaction kinetics. So far, other researchers have only been able to achieve this voltage level through the use of either inefficient materials, such as titanium oxide, or very expensive semiconductors, such as gallium arsenide. Also, overcoming the corrosive degradation of these “artificial photosynthesis” systems remains a monumental challenge and has thus far eluded commercialization.
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Back in October HYSR achieved a significant technological milestone in its pursuit of clean hydrogen fuel production, by eliminating an expensive hydrogen-oxygen separation process. This will dramatically reduce the overall system cost of hydrogen fuel production from sunlight.
The Company has developed a novel reactor design and system architecture that uses a high voltage solar cell, that can be wrapped in the company’s patent pending polymer coating, that serves two functions: (1) convert sunlight into electricity to split water into hydrogen on one side, and oxygen on the other side, and (2) acts as a physical barrier preventing oxygen from combining with hydrogen. The respective hydrogen and oxygen gas bubbles to the top of the reactor as two separate and pure gas streams. This novel design circumvents the need for membrane separators all together.
On September 15 HYSR announced it had reached 1.55 volts (V), a significant milestone achievement in its effort to split water molecules for the production of renewable hydrogen fuel.
While the Company had previously met the challenge of exceeding 1.23 V, the theoretical minimum voltage needed to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, a minimum of 1.5 V is needed to do so for commercially viable real world applications. Examples of these commercial applications include hydrogen-charging stations for fuel-cell vehicles, or warehouse transportation for big box retailers.
The 1.55 V breakthrough, in a low-cost single solar cell element, is representative of the tremendous progression of the technology, as the Company announced its 1.4 V breakthrough just one month ago. The results were recorded at the University of Iowa campus research location where researchers are currently focused on further increasing the voltages and currents achievable from their inexpensive light driven hydrogen generation particles.
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Currently trading at a $12 million market valuation HYSR has minimal assets, no revenues and close to $10 million in payables. But this is an exciting story developing in small caps that has a long history of making explosive short term news especially when there are events that create nationwide optimism for the future of hydrogen fuel technology. HYSR is always one national media story away from another spike. We will be updating on HYSR when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with HYSR.
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