Manhattan Scientifics uses Composites in Fuel Cell Bicycle

20 June 2000

Manhattan Scientifics announced that it has completed initial development and initial testing of the "Hydrocycle," a fuel cell powered bicycle. The prototype bicycle utilizes Manhattan Scientifics' proprietary mid-range power technology. The power supply unit is based on a polymer electrolyte fuel cell that uses hydrogen and air to produce electric power. It is completely pollution- free. The fuel cell's unique design is based on the use of advanced composite materials and sealing technology to minimize size and weight. This makes it potentially ideal as a power source for portable electronic equipment or lightweight, personal transportation applications. The company has applied for patent protection in the United States, Europe and other key markets around the world. The hydrogen fuel is contained in a two-liter carbon fiber reinforced pressure vessel located behind the bicycle seat. This provides the cyclist with a driving range of up to 70-100 km (flat surface) at a top speed of 30 km/h. In production, the fuel tank could be integrated into the frame of the bicycle.

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