Editor’s note: Developments in the United Kingdom, Japan, Denmark, and others continue to advance global hydrogen fuel–capabilities. Although this is primarily a solar development, it will spur the growth of fuel-cell vehicles which will encourage development of more hydrogen producing facilities, and that will mean more work for wind generated power.
HyperSolar Inc., developer of a significant technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, commented on the significance of hydrogen growth in foreign countries, further signifying and advancing hydrogen, fuel-cell expansion.
In just the last two months, Japan, Denmark, and the United Kingdom have announced significant technological breakthroughs and ambitious plans to support hydrogen fuel powered vehicles, and industrial and manufacturing development. On June 19, Japan laid out a timeline for objectives and actions over the next 25 years to commercialize fuel cell vehicles and utilize hydrogen energy applications for other areas of use. Similarly, and an example of hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure growth, Air Liquide announced the planned installation of four hydrogen filing stations in Denmark, as supported by the European Commission. In technology development news, UK researchers from the Science and Technology Facilities Council recently announced a breakthrough that they believe would make hydrogen fuel production storage and cost more viable for commercialization.
The announcements and development overseas add further momentum to the hydrogen fuel industry that has seen a surge of interest and capitalization in 2014. Companies such as Toyota, Hyundai, Walmart, and others have committed to hydrogen fuel either in planning and funding, or by placing orders or entering into agreements with companies like PLUG Power and Ballard Power Systems. This growth has been sustain from international support, such as the International Energy Agency recently outlining how “…hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles account for more than half of on-road passenger cars by 2050…”
“This year has been substantial in terms of interest and attention drawn to the burgeoning hydrogen fuel industry,” said Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar. “These announcements from Denmark, Japan, and the UK are all reflective of the potential role that hydrogen fuel can play in future applications such as personal and commercial transportation. At HyperSolar, we view these developments as opportunities to implement our technology at or near the point of distribution – be it in manufacturing facilities or filling stations – by providing a cost-efficient and renewable resource for hydrogen fuel. ”
HyperSolar’s technology is based on the concept of developing a low-cost, submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules using sunlight without any other external systems or resources – acting as artificial photosynthesis. A video of an early proof-of-concept prototype can be viewed at http://hypersolar.com/application.php. The company announced earlier this year that it had achieved 1.2 open circuit voltage progressing towards its goal of 1.5 open volts.
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