Taking a step further, the successful startup unveiled a new facility for its research laboratories and future production line. Located in Sandwich, Kent, inside the Discovery Park, the flagship facility will work closely with the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Within the next three years, it’s expected to grow enough to employ 100 workers and reach a 100 megawatts on-site capacity.
This is where HyPoint will further develop its innovative hydrogen fuel cell system that claims to be much better than any battery or fuel cell alternative. Its solution can deliver more than triple the power-to-weight ratio of conventional liquid-cooled fuel cell systems and more than seven times the energy density of current batteries.
HyPoint uses compressed air for cooling and for oxygen supply, and this innovative air-cooling system is what enables its solution to deliver 2,000 W/kg of specific power and 1,500 Wh/kg of energy density. But that’s not all. Last year, the startup partnered with chemical giant BASF to develop an even better fuel cell membrane. This will increase the system’s power and durability, taking it to 3,000 W/kg of specific power. According to HyPoint, this is enough to power narrow-body aircraft.
This upgraded hydrogen fuel cell system is set to become available in 2025, with the help of the new Sandwich facility.