Taking a Spin On a Hydrogen Motorbike

Peter Foster visits Dalian Sunrise Power in China, makers of a wide range of fuel cell products.

Published: 15-Sep-2009

There’s been an immense amount of talk about China’s investment in Greentech so this morning I took time off from the conference hall to visit two Chinese companies that are leading the way in this field.

Most exciting was the chance to drive a hydrogen-fuel-cell bike made by Sunrise Power, which is China’s leading researcher in fuel-cell technology. They supplied all the hydrogen fuel cell buses and cars for the Olympics last year.

The bike really was something. The fuel cell is contained in that tiny pannier on the back - it’s hard to explain how ’space-age’ it felt, being powered along by this tiny little device, whirring silently away behind you.


Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE in snow conditions it is likely to encounter in Norway starting in 2009.

Beginning in 2009, Mazda will provide approximately 30 RX-8 Hydrogen RE vehicles for the HyNor project

Top view of Scorpian sports car, versions of which will be powered by blending of gasoline and hydrogen.

The H2 for this blended gasoline/hydrogen system is derived from fracturing water molecules drawn from a small on board water tank.

California Fuel Cell Partnership is located in West Sacramento

Despite the critics, the partnership continues to soldier on determined to figure out a way to improve the technology so it won’t have a net energy loss.


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