Multi-Billion Tech Company Launches Fuel Cell Powered E-Bike
MUNICH, Germany – Technology company Linde Group, a 17 billion euro company which is with its staff of 65,000 a leader in the build-up of a hydrogen infrastructure, is exploring new possibilities of zero-emission, sustainable mobility. Last week the company unveiled a fuel cell driven e-bike.
Linde is not the first showing a fuel cell powered e-bike. Last year Cycleurope showed a similar bicycle while another French company called Pragma Industries did the same earlier this month.
Compact fuel cell
On the Linde e-bike the battery is replaced by a compact fuel cell which generates electric power from hydrogen and oxygen taken from the surrounding air. This highly efficient and zero-emissions drive system supports assisted pedaling over a range in excess of 100 kilometres with a single, 34-gram cylinder of hydrogen. The specially developed fueling system means the cylinder can be refilled in less than six minutes.
‘Bikes are interesting application’
“Linde is pushing new and unconventional ideas to contribute to the widespread commercialisation of hydrogen as a clean technology,” said Wolfgang Büchele, CEO of Linde AG at the e-bike presentation. “With the Linde H2 bike, we have shown that the benefits of hydrogen drives are not restricted to cars – bikes are another interesting application.”
Linde H2 bike
It took Linde engineers less than three months to develop the project from the initial idea to a functioning prototype. Under the motto ‘I run on hydrogen’, the Linde H2 bike shows that there is a viable alternative to conventional batteries in electric bikes, thus further increasing the appeal of what is already viewed as an environmentally friendly mode of transport. Like hydrogen-powered cars, fuel-cell bikes have the dual advantage of a long range and a short refueling window of just a few minutes. What is more, they eliminate the need for traction batteries, which come with a limited lifespan and are difficult to dispose of.
Production as limited prototype series
The H2 bike, which Linde will produce as a limited prototype series, runs on sustainable green hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen can be obtained through the electrolysis of water using wind energy or by reforming biogas. The carbon balance of the Linde H2 bike is therefore significantly lower than that of a pedelec where the battery is charged using power of mixed sources drawn from the German energy grid.
H2 infrastructure development
Having set up approximately 100 hydrogen fueling stations in 15 countries and having successfully completed more than one million refueling operations, Linde is leading the way in H2 infrastructure development. Linde is a founding partner in the recently established joint venture H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG. With several car manufacturers currently ramping up to series production, Linde is thus laying important groundwork for the successful roll-out of fuel-cell vehicles.