The French-based firm has joined forces with Gamma Technologies (GT) to leverage on its physics based GT-SUITE models and virtual calibration processes so Hopium engineers can fine-tune and seek the optimal operating point of the fuel cell stack.

H2 View understands Hopium opted to develop its own fuel cell stack and corresponding system with the aim of delivery a performance-oriented, exciting high-end car.

Led by former Le Mans 24-hour grand prix winner, Olivier Lombard, Hopium unveiled its hydrogen-powered sedan prototype in 2021, opening pre-orders for the Hopium Machina Alpha 0.

Read more: Hopium unveils hydrogen-powered sedan prototype

Jérémy Hattenburg, System, Simulation and Modelling Lead at Hopium, said, “Hopium is in a unique position where we are, at the same time, stack designers and system integrators. As part of our development, we rely heavily on system modelling and analysis and chose GT-SUITE simulations for stack and system sizing.

“We need accurate models to guide our choices as well as control algorithms. Do that effectively, we need precision, a wide range of component libraries, fast and accurate models, and a mastery of the e-powertrain ecosystem.”

Iakovos Papadimitriou, Chief Technical Officer at Gamma Technologies, commented, “Hopium is engineering, in record time, the performance hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) of the future. Using GT-SUITE to predict system-level performance allows them to optimise their designs early in the development process. They are well on their way to achieving their goal of developing an exceptional performance, high-end FCEV vehicle.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.