Vehicle Technology

The Power of Hydrogen from Space to Earth

Overview The automotive industry is turning to renewable energy sources in a concerted effort of reducing climate change. Explore the ways Hyperion is harnessing the power of hydrogen fuel cells and technologies used with NASA to power its cars, and why hydrogen is a powerful choice.

Businesses and consumers around the world understand that sustainability is a moral and business imperative. With customers turning more toward brands that have eco-friendly missions and organizations reimagining their operations to produce less waste, there is a great demand for environmentally conscious solutions.

In the vehicle technology industry, electric vehicles have already started the conversation. But beyond the traditional battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cells offer another renewable energy source that can help cars go faster forward cleaner.

Hyperion CEO and Founder Angelo Kafantaris joined CES® 2021 anchor Rich DeMuro to share more about how hydrogen fuel works and how the Hyperion team leveraged this space tech on earth.

 

How Hydrogen Fuel Works

Unlike conventional diesel or gasoline cars, vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which then runs the car’s motor.

“Hydrogen is stored between two atoms and it’s tied together through one electron,” Kafantaris said. “As it passes through a fuel cell, the electron is released, and it powers the car.”

The result of the chemical bond produces only water and heat, meaning there are no tailpipe emissions.

 

All That It Is and All That It Can Do

Not just a cleaner source of energy, hydrogen fuel holds unique qualities that have enabled the Hyperion team to create its Hypercar XP-1.

Safe

“It’s non caustic, it’s not cancerous,” Kafantaris explained. “It can withstand any type of impact of heat.”

Kafantaris highlights that these safe and eco-friendly properties of hydrogen fuel is why it is used in NASA missions.

Efficient

With hydrogen fuel, vehicles can store a lot more energy, giving the XP-1 a 1000-mile range on a single charge. The vehicles also have a very fast refill time of three to five minutes — more than 10 times faster than battery electric vehicles, Kafantaris said.

Lightweight

Hydrogen fuel is extremely lightweight, allowing hydrogen fuel cell cars to run at faster speeds and reach faster speeds more quickly.

“If you are running a marathon and you’re bringing water, do you want a heavy water bottle or do you want a light water bottle?” Kafantaris said.

 

See It in Action

The Hyperion team has worked with NASA to develop hydrogen fuel technologies that they can leverage in the Hypercar XP-1. An electric car that has a 1000-mile range, can go from zero to 60 speed in under 2.2 seconds, and holds a top speed of 222 miles per hour, the XP-1 offers all the power that users may want while still keeping the planet in mind.

From building hydrogen storage systems and power stations to developing active aerodynamics that also provide solar power, Hyperion is harnessing NASA technology to move hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into a widely adopted reality.

 

Watch the full interview with Kafantaris.

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