South Korea

SunHydrogen partner completes new facility for scale-up of green hydrogen technology

SunHydrogen CEO Tim Young has visited a new facility established by the company’s partner COTEC in Changwon, South Korea, for the scaling-up of SunHydrogen’s green hydrogen technology.
SunHydrogen partner completes new facility for scale-up of green hydrogen technology
Courtesy of SunHydrogen/COTEC

SunHydrogen is aiming to develop a breakthrough technology that produces renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water. The company’s industrial partner, COTEC, has recently completed construction of a new laboratory space in Changwon solely for the development of SunHydrogen’s manufacturing process.

Mr Young visited the facility to view progress where COTEC is poised to begin replicating SunHydrogen’s nanoparticle-based technology employing advanced industrial electroplating processes.

Meticulously set up by COTEC’s team, the laboratory is fully equipped with the necessary equipment, chemicals, and characterisation techniques to accelerate SunHydrogen’s manufacturing process.

Within one of SunHydrogen’s hydrogen generators, billions of patented Photoelectrosynthetically Active Heterostructure (PAH) nanoparticles per square centimetre split apart water to generate hydrogen and oxygen. These PAH nanoparticles are composed 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. Together, SunHydrogen and COTEC will explore the development and implementation of electroplating solutions to translate SunHydrogen’s existing PAH architecture and process to manufacturing scale while maintaining low cost and high efficiency.

The Company expects its initial exploration with COTEC to be completed by December 31, 2023. Following this phase, SunHydrogen’s next step is to produce 1m² hydrogen panels to be utilised in multiple pilot projects showcasing the world’s first-ever nanoparticle-based green hydrogen production at commercial scale.

COTEC is a leader in industrial electroplating and electrochemical processes and is well-positioned to collaborate with SunHydrogen in this critical aspect of the Company’s scale-up process. COTEC possesses extensive plating expertise across the aerospace, automotive, defense and nuclear industries, and has worked with high-level clients such as Boeing, Hanwha, Airbus and more.

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