Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers announce plans to introduce hydrogen fuel cell cars next year
SANTA BARBARA, CA--Nov 25, 2013: HyperSolar, Inc. (OTC:HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, today announced that it is evaluating commercial methods for onsite hydrogen production at distribution points or fueling stations to meet the demand created by the launch of fuel cell cars next year.
“Our cutting-edge research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini, continues to make impressive progress”
“We are strongly encouraged by the recent announcements of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and other major auto manufacturers to begin shipping hydrogen fuel cell cars next year,” stated Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “We believe our technology can address two serious drawbacks impeding major adoption of hydrogen automobiles: First, the lack of hydrogen production infrastructure near the point of distribution or the fueling stations is addressed by our solar hydrogen production process. Second, hydrogen is currently produced from a fossil fuel—natural gas—in a process that releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
“Our cutting-edge research program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by Dr. Syed Mubeen Hussaini, continues to make impressive progress,” continued Young. “The recently announced 1.0 volt milestone is very exciting in that it provides us with a clear and encouraging roadmap to reach the 1.5 volts needed for water splitting. We believe that producing renewable hydrogen anywhere there is water and sunlight is the key to realizing cost-effective hydrogen production for use in fuel cell vehicles. Using our technology, hydrogen fueling stations could be built next to self-contained solar hydrogen production plants.”
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. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at Hypersolar. HyperSolar recently extended its sponsored research agreement with UCSB to further the development.
More about hydrogen cars and hydrogen production challenges can be viewed in the following CBS news story: CBS