Any information on a 36V 10 amp fuel cell for the E-bikes?
I've done web searches and I have even googled it but haven't found any info.
my first question is why?
and my next is what are you planning on running the fuel cell on?
i do remember coming across a methanol fuel cell that would fit on a bike, however the cost of the methanol and the fuel cell were extreme, even by electric standards.
ill post the link if i find it again.
Reason : The range on the battery is so limited. $600 lithium is good for only 15 miles or so. My SLAs are down to 3-4 miles.
Also I just read that the fuel cell was finally going to be ready for mass production for a wide variety of gadgets such as computer batt, Ipods , etc. Cheap fuel cells for all. Maybe the prediction is like the cure for cancer which is always within the next few years.
Did you see this?
The EVCAST had coverage of a fuel cell system for small vehicles. The power level is enough to power a small EV like a bicycle but not high enough to make it suitable for recharging a large EV. That particular vendor though made it so their fuel canister is a proprietary shape/size/connector which you can only buy from them.
You say you want a fuel cell for extended range .. but where are you going to get the hydrogen? Having a fuel cell is going to make you dependent on a source of hydrogen, you probably do not have an electrolyzer at home, and ...?
Agreed David, The longer the molecule, the higher the heat required to strip H2 from a dense liquid hydrocarbon.
Methanol is the most affordable low-temp reformer fuel and it still takes a couple hundred degrees F (IIRC)
The other fuel cell hydrogen is dry compressed H2. You can make it with a VAWT-driven wind-electrolyzer, a compressor, and expired-date firemans composite air bottles, but even then...
Fuel cells are available to the public, but are large and expensive.
Lithium batteries cheaper and easier by a factor of 100:1?
I am crossing my fingers for a physics breakthrough (or an "Instructables" home fuel-cell from free junk), but I am not holding my breath...
Thanks for the info. Yep, I'm looking for an inexpensive fuel cell that would run on something like rubbing alcohol! Guess I will have to get Scotty to beam me to the future !