The patent, which is currently active in the U.S., Australia, China and Europe, is jointly held by SunHydrogen and the Regents of the University of California, in accordance with the Company’s prior research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara.
This patent protects SunHydrogen’s semiconductor design, which features high-density arrays of nano-sized, high-voltage solar cells. This innovative structure serves as the core of the company’s nanoparticle technology.
Within one of SunHydrogen’s nanoparticle-based hydrogen generation units, billions of nanoparticles per square centimeter split apart water at the molecular level. These nanoparticles are comprised of multiple layers of solar cells. The high-voltage, high-light absorbing properties of the solar cells enable the company to make them ultrathin and with significantly fewer materials, lowering costs and raising efficiency.
“We believe our nanoparticle technology has the potential to provide widespread access to low-cost green hydrogen across key sectors including transportation, industry and shipping,” said Tim Young, CEO of SunHydrogen. “Our ambitions are particularly relevant in India, where the power ministry has put forth plans to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen per year by 2030. We look forward to further expanding our patent portfolio in the coming years.”