Hyperion shows mobile spaceship-like H2 fueling station

American hydrogen high-tech startup Hyperion, known for its 1000-mile range XP-1 hypercar, showed in Los Angeles its idea to tackle the infrastructure headaches: a mobile, spaceship-like filling station for FCEVs that can make its own hydrogen on-site but also fast-charge an EV alongside in 20 minutes.

The idea behind it is simple, but a substantial technical challenge: reducing costs by producing the hydrogen on-site instead of having to rely on the remote wind- or solar parks for the electricity to make (green) hydrogen, compress and store it and transport it to a network of fixed hydrogen filling stations. The Hyper:Fuel XF-7 claims it can do it all and be moved everywhere needed.

Hyperion keeps its cards to its chest and reveals little technical details of what it features inside the Hyper:Fuel XF-7, except claiming to use state-of-the-art space technology from NASA, among others. It’s also backed up by Shell’s GameChanger program, which works with startups and businesses on unproven early-stage ideas that have the potential to impact the future of energy.

The mobile station has solar panels that can orient to the sun, but these would only be enough to power the station’s own electronic system. To make sufficient hydrogen to power FCEVs or use it as a stationary battery to DC charge BEVs, it would need a connection to an on-site wind or solar park, as the infographics show.

Beyond this, XF-7 can also provide utility grid support for emergency and backup power applications. Hyperion says it’s ready to start producing the mobile fueling stations at its manufacturing headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, from 2023.

Three hundred hypercars to be produced?

No word, however, about the production of 300 Hyperion XF-1 hypercars that was announced back in 2020. Still, the concept of the science-fiction-like hypercar with its gull-wing doors and solar panels wrapped as a wave around its body is an actual driving car.

It looks from outer space, the Hyperion XP1 fuel-cel supercar, with its 1 000-mile (1 609 km) range and a top speed of 221 mph (356 km/h), that was unveiled in August 2020. But it is instead a down-to-earth message through a product’ that hydrogen is the way to go, Angelo Kafantaris, CEO of Hyperion, said at that time.

“The Hyperion XP-1  is an educational tool to show the world the benefits of hydrogen. What we think is most critical to the industry right now is delivering a message through a product,” the CEO added.

The supercar has a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis with titanium-reinforced composting bodywork. It has a curb weight of only 1 031 kg. Also, the two hydrogen tanks are made of carbon fiber. The car is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that feeds two electric motors. Rather than a heavy battery, there is an ultracapacitor for an energy storage device.

The eye-catching ‘flying buttresses’ on the car’s sides have two purposes. On the one hand, they are aerodynamic elements that improve high-speed cornering; on the other, it are solar panels that can change position to follow the sun to power the onboard electronics.

 

 

 

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