Fuel Cell Bike

Fuel Cell Bike 2, originally uploaded by Ben Cooper.

Found some old pictures of a bike I helped build for the artist Simon Starling – called Tabernas Desert Run, this fuel-cell-powered bike was ridden through the Spanish desert. It’s now in GoMA – Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.

It’s got a 2kW Ballard fuel cell, running from two aluminium hydrogen tanks which would be fitted to the seatstays. The fuel cell was used to keep a NiMH battery pack charged, and the battery pack ran a 900W Heinzmann motor through a custom control system.

It’s meant to look bodged, by the way 🙂

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