ITS Bordeaux, the congress about tomorrow’s types of transport
The congress ITS Bordeaux closes its doors after a passionate week dedicated to intelligent transport systems of tomorrow such as self-driving cars and busses, and also hydrogen-powered bikes. Our expertized engineers were involved in the creation of some of those bikes.
The hydrogen-powered bike of Cohabit
In Bordeaux, the bike has always been a very popular means of transportation. Since the city has decided to electrify all their bikes in spring 2014, it has stayed in contact with the IUT de Bordeaux in order to develop an electric-motor kit which can easily be installed.
The removable power pack combines two types of technologies: a fuel cell (which transforms the hydrogen into electricity) and a lithium battery. Added to this are intelligent pedals which are able to recognize the amount of effort deployed by the user, and which then make the motor deploy the same amount of energy in order to assist the user. The bike also contains Bluetooth and WiFi connection.
Ventec has been involved in this project by creating an electric board managing the energy transformation, as well as by delivering several BMS (thanks to Wanda Laurent for the photos).
Alpha, the hydrogen-powered bike with a reach of 100 kilometers
Looking at all the projects presented at the congress, hydrogen seems to be one of the energy sources of the future. However, we have not yet talked about Alpha, the bike which beats all the records of reach: imagine you can go 100 kilometers with just a small electric motor added. This bike contains a hydrogen tank which delivers 500 Wh (watt per hour) and which recharges in only 30 seconds.
This incredible project was carried by Pragma Industries, a company located in Barritz, not too far away from Ventec’s home town Merignac near Bordeaux. Ventec has developed the bike’s BMS (which manages the lithium battery), the electric board managing the energy transformation, as well as the board managing the fuel cell.
— Pragma Industries (@PragmaFuelCells) 10 Octobre 2015