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H2 bike, the e-bike that doesn’t need batteries: it runs on hydrogen
Linde Group ha testato il primo prototipo di bicicletta a pedalata assistita a idrogeno. Niente pacco batterie, al suo posto una ricarica di H2.
It has no batteries, but a hydrogen fuel cell able to produce electricity. It is the H2 bike, a functioning e-bike prototype which uses about 30 grams of hydrogen fuel and oxygen taken from the surrounding air to produce electricity for the assisted pedalling.
It has been realised by engineers of the Linde Group, German multinational committed to developing hydrogen technologies. The e-bike can travel up to 100 kilometres on a single tank, with no emissions.
“Linde is pushing new and unconventional ideas to contribute to the widespread commercialisation of hydrogen as a clean technology,” commented Wolfgang Büchele, CEO of Linde. “With the Linde H2 bike, we have shown that the benefits of hydrogen drives are not restricted to cars – bikes are another interesting application”. The group is strongly committed to developing hydrogen technologies, both for producing sustainable gas and creating a quick, safe recharge network.
As the company underlines, hydrogen has to be produced with energy from renewable sources, in order it to be sustainable from an energy and environmental point of view. An example of that is the Energiepark Mainz in Germany, where Siemens, in collaboration with Linde, has realised a plant to produce hydrogen fuel from wind energy. There, the gas is produced to be used as fuel, as well as to store extra energy coming from neighbouring wind farms.
H2 bike. Photo Linde.
By employing hydrogen technologies, there’s no need of using lithium batteries, the group said, because spent batteries have to be processed and managed not to become hazardous waste.
For now, H2 bike is only a limited series, realised in just 3 months. But we believe that hydrogen e-bikes could be soon part of our everyday life.
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