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Valeswood Hydrogen Bike Ready for Market

5 May 2007

Valeswood Environmental Technology Development (ETD), a UK-based provider of environmental goods and services, is marketing an electric bike that is powered by a lightweight hydrogen fuel cell with integrated metal hydride storage.

Valeswood
The Hydrocell bike. Hydrocell units are behind the seat (arrow).

The newly-developed Hydrocell power unit is available in three different sizes which produce between 14 to 156 volts individually or up to 220 volts when used as part of a power pack. The Hydrocell holds 40 liters of hydrogen.

Hydrocell Units
ModelVoltageCurrent
at 12V
Internal Capacity *WeightLength
* Capacity can be increased and/or internal store recharged by coupling to an external hydrogen store.
HC-100 14V 1.5A 80Wh / 7Ah@12V 1.2kg 440mm
HC-200 14V or 28V 3A 160Wh / 14Ah@12V 3kg 440mm
HC-400 14V, 28V or 56V 8A 320Wh / 28Ah@12V 6kg 440mm

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Wow, that thing is ugly. I'm sure that looks will improve. I wonder how much they want for one of these little darlings? Their web page is pretty bad, but apparently they are trying to replace the battery, not just for bikes. If they improve the looks and functionality of this bike, I'll totally buy one.

The bike is ugly because it's designed to fold for storage.  (Notice that flange in the tubes between the seat post and headset?)  It shouldn't be overly hard to integrate the power components into something more conventional.

They don't say how much it will cost.
They don't say how far it will go, at what speed.
It looks like a pig - the fat tyres will have very high rolling resistance.
So it "Needs work".

An interesting question is whether e bikes should look like bicycles or scooters ...
An e-bike should weigh no more than 20Kg, an e-scooter should weigh < 80KG (say).
It probably depends on the range you need and the amount of protection from the elements you want.

2 wheeled e vehicles have the possibility of transforming urban transport, if you can make them safe enough, or if you make all other modes of traffic nasty enough.

Personally, I just use a regular bike, but if you don't have a shower in work, or are old or impossibly unfit, an e-bike might work.

Hi, alternative energy news, greetings; just a note -
how does one access the pics of photos of the 'Valeswood Hydrogen Bike', looks like a compact foldable, 20" wheels urban commuter type ?? Thank you, lovely work, cheers.

Hi, alternative energy news, greetings; just a note -
how does one access the pics of photos of the 'Valeswood Hydrogen Bike', looks like a compact foldable, 20" wheels urban commuter type ?? Thank you, lovely work, cheers.

Hi, alternative energy news, greetings; just a note -
how does one access the pics of photos of the 'Valeswood Hydrogen Bike', looks like a compact foldable, 20" wheels urban commuter type ?? Thank you, lovely work, cheers.

Hi, alternative energy news, greetings; just a note -
how does one access the pics of photos of the 'Valeswood Hydrogen Bike', looks like a compact foldable, 20" wheels urban commuter type ?? Thank you, lovely work, cheers.

It a very good idea,and intrestin for solution to polution , famili economi.
You now its posible sale in Chile SoudAmerica
Thnks

Buenas tarde
Es una gran idea, para solucionar los porblemas economicos y de polucion.
Cren ustedes que estara a la venta, en Chile Sud America

Cordiales saludos

Carlos del Campo

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