Students design new hybrid bicycle

photo by Maciej Nowobilski

Another vehicle powered with alternative fuel is currently being developed at AGH UST. This time it is a hybrid bicycle powered by hydrogen fuel cells, constructed by members of our student research team – FEnEC.

What makes this specific project stand out from all other electric hybrid bicycles in Poland is the use of hydrogen fuel cell as the source of power for the vehicle. So far, such solutions have been used mainly by well-established foreign manufacturers. An important advantage of the bicycle’s design is its folding frame, which, when folded, makes the bicycle compact enough to be stowed in a car boot or carried on public transport. The bicycle weighs 25 kg and can cover the distance of up to 100 kilometres on a single refueling.

The design work took over one year. The electronic fuel cell control mechanism, designed from scratch, was the key challenge for the team as the construction of the prototype required numerous changes and modifications. The design is still being modified and upgraded as the students aim to further reduce the bike’s dimensions and weight for enhanced mobility.

The project team is made up of students of the Faculty of Energy and Fuels: Maciej Nowobilski, Krzysztof Kobiela, Mateusz Wójcik, Damian Pietrasz, Bartłomiej Nowak and Luiza Miałkos as well as Krzysztof Kukliński, who represents the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. 

FEnEC Academic Research Group was established in October 2017 and has been affiliated with the Department of Sustainable Energy Development at the Faculty of Energy and Fuels. The team’s official name is an acronym for Fuel Energy new Effective Conversion. Professor Magdalena Dudek DSc Andrzej Raźniak provide scientific supervision for the project.