Design and realization of a 300 W fuel cell generator on an electric bicycle

Luciano Cardinali, Saverio Santomassimo, Marco Stefanoni

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At ENEA Casaccia Research Center (Rome, Italy) a 300 W NUVERA fuel cell stack has been utilized for the construction of a range extender generator on a commercial electric bicycle. The generator is fully automated with a programmable logic controller (PLC) safely operating start-up, shut-down and emergencies; a volumetric compressor supplies air to the cathode, a dc/dc converter transfers energy from the stack to the battery. All ancillary equipment are commercial; only the cell voltage sensors have been developed in order to obtain miniaturized and low consumption components. With this generator the bicycle nominal range of 25 km (utilizing only the Ni-Mh battery) is extended to over 120 km, by installing a 200 bar, 5l bottle of hydrogen. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384 - 387
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrochemistry
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Materials Chemistry

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