Hyperlight Vitality to be Featured on Developments TV and Launch Crowdfunding Marketing campaign in December
Cleantech San Diego member Hyperlight Vitality, an rising California photo voltaic expertise firm, has developed a low-cost system to decarbonize industrial course of warmth utilizing concentrated solar energy (CSP). CSP makes use of mirrors to seize the solar’s warmth which is then used to create the steam essential in lots of industrial processes. Conventional CSP initiatives sometimes require huge fields of metal and concrete constructions to carry mirrors in place and monitor the solar all through the day.
Hyperlight takes a unique method to CSP. It could actually take the identical quantity of metal to construct a conventional CSP venture because it does to construct the Golden Gate Bridge, making CSP initiatives costly and inaccessible for a lot of corporations. Hyperlight doesn’t use huge metal constructions for its mirrors. As an alternative, they developed an reasonably priced CSP system, known as Hylux™, utilizing domestically produced, recyclable plastic tubes.
Hyperlight CEO John King and his workforce found the expertise whereas engaged on one other bioenergy venture utilizing algae. His workforce seen the plastic tubes containing the algae had been overheating. Once they developed a reflector system to do away with undesirable infrared mild, they realized they might goal that undesirable mild on a goal. They then used this perception to develop their low-cost photo voltaic concentrator, Hylux™. By utilizing plastic as an alternative of metal, Hyperlight can hold manufacturing prices decrease and hold the size of a venture extra manageable.
“We had been making an attempt to make a system to develop algae to supply biofuels. Whereas making an attempt to unravel that technical problem we stumbled upon this fashion of aiming mild,” stated King. “The power output of algae is about 2 p.c environment friendly, and concentrated photo voltaic is 10 to twenty p.c environment friendly, so by making this pivot we improved the output of the system with out growing the associated fee.”
After the ah-ha second, King and his workforce pulled collectively companions to develop and check the expertise right into a commercially viable product. After greater than a decade of analysis and improvement, with greater than $7 million in grant funding for R&D alone, Hylux™ models are assembled in a manufacturing facility after which hand-clicked into place on website. To this point Hyperlight has demonstrated the expertise in a number of successive generations, at a fraction of the scale of conventional CSP initiatives. Every demonstration was inexpensive than the final.
On Dec. 16, Hyperlight shall be launching a crowdfunding marketing campaign in partnership with Begin Engine, in addition to a model new web site. Hyperlight may even be showcasing their revolutionary Hylux™ expertise on Developments with Ted Danson to air on CNBC on Dec. 18, to speak extra in regards to the venture, in addition to it’s first profitable partnership with Saputo Inc. The Tulare-based cheese manufacturing facility partnered with Hyperlight to scale back the manufacturing facility’s pure fuel consumption and greenhouse fuel emissions. Hylux™ will present a portion of the warmth essential within the cheese-making course of from a 1.5-acre photo voltaic array adjoining to the power. Earlier CSP fashions would’ve been too massive and unaffordable for this kind of utility.
The California Vitality Fee supplied a grant award to assist this $6.5 million venture, which had its groundbreaking ceremony in September 2021.
Along with assist from the Vitality Fee, Hyperlight has additionally obtained funds from america Division of Vitality Sunshot(R) program and Southern California Fuel Firm to develop this expertise. As a result of King didn’t take enterprise capital funding he wasn’t compelled to go to mega-scale instantly. As an alternative, he adopted a rational path to progress.
“Right now we now have a easy, sturdy, low-cost system that eliminates 90 p.c of the costly metal and concrete of conventional CSP,” stated King. “It’s a less complicated system with fewer, lighter, parts which suggests fewer alternatives for failure.” Hyperlight’s expertise and first industrial venture with Saputo show that reasonably priced CSP is feasible at any scale, for any trade.