MIT Electrical Automobile Crew constructing hydrogen-powered bike


The Electrical Automobile Crew at Massachusetts Institute of Expertise (MIT) has constructed a hydrogen gasoline cell-powered electrical motorbike.

Photograph: Adam Glanzman

The US college’s Electrical Automobile Crew is testing out new hydrogen-based transportation by constructing a hydrogen-powered electrical motorbike.

The motorbike underwent its first full test-track demonstration again in October.

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The workforce has designed the motorbike as an open-source platform, with plans made freely accessible on-line.

Graduate pupil Aditya Mehrotra is spearheading the mission with MIT mechanical engineering professor Alex Slocum. The workforce consists of round a dozen college students.

Mehrotra determined to mix his examine of vitality techniques along with his love of bikes. He mentioned, “we got here up with the thought of a hydrogen-powered bike. We did an analysis examine, and we thought that this might really work. We [decided to] attempt to construct it.”

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Work started on constructing the prototype again in January 2023, and by October they have been able to current the bike on the Hydrogen Americas Summit.

In Might, the workforce will current the bike on the World Hydrogen Summit within the Netherlands.

The mission has been supported by business sponsors who’ve donated totally different elements, such South Korean firm Doosan, who supplied the gasoline cell.

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Whereas battery-powered automobiles have their benefits, they’re nonetheless topic to limitations, together with vary, recharge time, and environmental points surrounding the mining of lithium. The MIT workforce needed to discover how hydrogen-powered automobiles might present an alternate.

The workforce clarify how the entire thing works on this YouTube video, uploaded to the MIT account:

Mehrotra mentioned: “We’re hoping to make use of this mission as an opportunity to begin conversations round ‘small hydrogen’ techniques that would improve demand, which might result in the event of extra infrastructure. We hope the mission might help discover new and artistic purposes for hydrogen.”

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The workforce are additionally working towards publishing papers in tutorial journals describing their mission and classes realized from it, in hopes of creating “an influence on the vitality business.”


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