HyperSolar Inc (OTCMKTS:HYSR) has seen a recent surge in trading volume accompanied by a spike over $0.02. The move up was a welcome to shareholders who have endured many months of downward movement caused by debt conversions.
HYSR is a stock with a history of highly explosive moves making a spectacular run on massive volume from $0.0035 to highs of $0.135 in April of 2014.
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.
Over the past year, HyperSolar has made significant progress in identifying novel and inexpensive ways to fabricate water-splitting solar cells utilizing high voltage that has increased beyond the announced 1.55 Volt milestone needed to produce hydrogen in commercially viable real world applications.
While the 1.55V achievement established the potential of the technology to meet commercial applications, the Company next sought to address the cost of large-scale solar hydrogen production. To do so, the team at the University of Iowa led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini, identified a sulfide-based catalyst comprised of an earth abundant, non-toxic cheap material that outperforms previously used catalyst material, such as platinum. The Company believes these breakthroughs differentiate it from others pursuing low-cost solar hydrogen production.
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Currently trading at a $8.5 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 cap; the Company is the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water and the stock has a long history of making explosive short term runs especially when there are events that create nationwide optimism for the future of hydrogen fuel technology. 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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