HyperSolar, Inc., a developer of technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, has achieved a major milestone on its Gen 1 hydrogen production system.
The Santa Barbara-based company announced today that its Gen 1 hydrogen system will now move from the lab to manufacturing engineering before full commercial production of the hydrogen panels takes place.
“Our research team at the University of Iowa has now prepared us to enter the manufacturing stage of Gen 1 development,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar.
“We are now working with manufacturers’ engineering process which is meant to produce the highest quality hydrogen panel for the lowest possible cost. Because things could move very quickly now, we are currently considering a number of potential partners and sites for the first pilot plant.”
Back in November (2018), HyperSolar announced its intention to build a demonstration pilot plant which has since been the focus of intensive laboratory efforts, along with working together with contract manufacturers and engineering firms for assembly and plant construction.
The pilot plant will be a full plug and play facility which will be initially designed with the Gen 1 technology. As more advanced and efficient units come available, previous technology can be replaced without changing plant infrastructure.
“Getting to this stage of development has been the most important time and labour-intensive part of the technology development process,” Young continued.
“We believe that this next stage will progress faster from this point through manufacturing and onto the pilot plant.”