In order to create an H2-powered motorbike, the student-run MIT Electrical Vehicle Team (MIT EVT) has teamed up with Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI), a developer of hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
The group believes that H2-powered vehicles can be developed from battery-powered vehicles (BEVs).
The MIT EVT thinks that the development of hydrogen fuel cell motorcycles will aid in resolving a number of issues with BEVs while addressing worries about shortages and environmental problems related to lithium mining. Professor Alexander H. Slocum of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering is the team’s advisor.
The objective of this collaboration between the MIT EVT and DMI is to develop one of the first open-source H2-powered motorcycles. As a result of this collaboration, DMI will give the group a DM15 fuel cell module. Once it has been created by the MIT EVT, that component will be incorporated into a motorcycle.
The DMI15 will make it possible for the motorcycle to run without emitting any carbon emissions. A cutting-edge fuel cell technology called the DM15 is used in mobile applications where efficient, reliable functioning is required. It runs on hydrogen fuel, which it transforms into energy. Water vapour is the only result of this operation.
A significant step towards operating a vehicle with a completely zero-carbon footprint will be made if the vehicle is fueled by green H2 (generated by electrolysis driven by renewable electricity).
Numerous more applications already make use of the DM15 from DMI. Material management, drones, and emergency power generating are a few of them. There are many benefits to this strategy over conventional power sources. In addition to emitting no emissions, it also functions quietly and efficiently. This module is suitable for a variety of applications, including small vehicles like motorbikes because it has a power output of up to 1.5 kW.
The team claims that this is the first occasion when a motorbike would incorporate a hydrogen fuel cell module. Additionally, this initiative will put the DM15 through real-world testing, producing useful information and feedback that DMI can use to further improve performance and durability.