Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bicycle Makes Pedaling Long Distances Easier

The Hy-Cycle runs on hydrogen fuel cell and can travel more than 70 miles on a single charge.
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The Hy-Cycle runs on hydrogen fuel cell and can travel more than 70 miles on a single charge.
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Researchers from the University of South Wales have built Australia's very first fuel cell bicycle that can travel 125 km (about 77 miles) in a single charge and just $2 of hydrogen.

Called the Hy-Cycle, the bike is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which provides riders with electrical assistance for pedaling. This helps riders travel longer distances and up hills much easier.

"Cities such as London and Paris are trying to provide fleets of bicycles that people can hire for a few hours a day to commute to and from work," said Associate Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou. "This is a key market for the Hy-Cycle."

Phys.org reports that the hydrogen is carried in a canister that sits adjacent to the bike's pedals. The fuel cell is located under the seat and recharges the bike's lithium-ion battery.

Inside the canister is a standard metal hybride that keeps the hydrogen safe. Approximately two pounds of the hybride can store about 26 gallons of hydrogen. However, Aguey-Zinsou and his colleagues are developing borohybrides that can store the same amount of hydrogen with half the material.

Aguey-Zinsou hopes that eventually users can buy replacement canisters from distribution centers.

"Hydrogen fuel cell technology is very exciting because it means we could have unlimited and clean energy supplies for our children."

See how the Hy-Cycle works in the video below. 

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