HyperSolar, Inc., a California-based developer of technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, has purchased 6000 triple-junction amorphous silicon solar cells, for use in a plant incorporating HyperSolar’s Gen 1 technology.
In 2018, the company announced its intention to build the plant which has since been a main focus.
For the hydrogen generator, the purchased solar cells must now be customised using protective coatings and catalysts as well as mechanical alterations.
“The identification and acquisition of the required solar cells represent a significant step toward the completion of our potential hydrogen generator, the driving core of the Gen 1 pilot plant,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar.
“Critical and thorough research was required to identify the right set of cells for our unique application.”
Once the new solar cells have been modified, it is believed that the completion of the pilot plant could be straight forward – as much of the work will proceed along well-proven methodology.
The plant will be a true plug and play plant, in that any hydrogen generating technology, be it Gen 1 or the company’s patented nanotechnology, Gen 2, can be used within the plant’s supporting infrastructure.
“The acquisition of this key component represents our commitment to completing the construction of our initial pilot plants. For our team, it also signals the coming reward for long years of dedicated effort to bring forth a truly game-changing technology.”