Using municipal, industrial wastewater and steams instead of pure water key to HyperSolar's reduced costs for making renewable natural gas
SANTA BARBARA, California
November 29, 2011
– Company’s breakthrough two-step process cleans waste streams and uses captured CO2 to produce cost-effective renewable natural gas
HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCBB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using sunlight, today described how being green is the key to its low production cost. The company’s breakthrough two-step process cleans waste streams and uses captured CO2 to produce cost-effective renewable natural gas.
Instead of using pure water, a very expensive starting point, HyperSolar is optimizing its technology to work with wastewater containing organic molecules of all kinds, such as municipal and industrial wastewater. By photo-oxidizing (detoxifying) wastewater, the company’s invention simultaneously produces hydrogen and clean water. In another configuration, waste steams containing acids, such as hydrogen bromide and hydrogen chloride from industrial facilities, can be processed to produce pure bromine and chlorine, which are valuable and marketable byproducts.
The first step of HyperSolar’s process is a novel solar-powered nanoparticle system that mimics photosynthesis to separate hydrogen from wastewater. The free hydrogen is then reacted with captured CO2, a negative value stream, to produce pipeline ready methane in the second step.
Tim Young, HyperSolar’s CEO, commented, “Most approaches to alternative energy are expensive and require subsidies to compete in the marketplace. Our approach is unusual in that by being green we actually reduce the costs associated with making renewable natural gas. Our two-step process not only dramatically reduces our production costs, but positions us as one of the greenest energy solutions in the world.”
About HyperSolar, Inc.
HyperSolar is developing a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. This renewable natural gas is a clean, carbon neutral methane gas that can be used as a direct replacement for traditional natural gas to power the world, without drilling or fracking, while mitigating CO2 emissions. Inspired by the photosynthetic processes that plants use to effortlessly harness the power of the Sun to create energy molecules, we are developing a novel solar-powered nanoparticle system that mimics photosynthesis to separate hydrogen from water. The free hydrogen can then be reacted with carbon dioxide to produce methane. From sunrise to sunset, our proprietary nanoparticles will work in a water based solution to produce clean and environmentally friendly renewable natural gas that can be collected for use in power plants, industrial plants and vehicles – anywhere and anytime.
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