South-Australian company Sparc Technologies has combined forces with partner party the University of Adelaide in order to develop a new hydrogen technology. This partnership is worth 2.5 million Australian dollars so far, with another 2.8 million on the way through Sparc Technologies’ selling of shares.
This new technology will produce hydrogen through a process called thermo-photocatalysis. While a bit complicated, put simply it combines both the sun’s radiation and its thermal properties to break water back down into its basic components: hydrogen and oxygen. This should result in an “ultra-green” production of hydrogen, and can be made even more efficient through the use of graphene coatings on the components of the process.