StudioMOM, an innovative design company, created the LAVO bicycle, a compact modular hydrogen-powered transport concept that allows long-distance transport without the use of heavy batteries, dust particles or CO2 emissions.
Designed to bring humanity one step closer to an emissions-free society at a time when bicycles have become the norm in congested cities, the hydrogen bicycle overcomes some of the shortcomings of bicycles by including the LAVO system, a hydrogen storage technology.
The LAVO System is reported to be the world’s first and only commercially available hydrogen storage system designed for everyday use by homes and businesses, according to the company.
The technology behind the innovative bike
The LAVO technology, developed by leading researchers at the University of New South Wales, aims to provide a more complete, flexible and sustainable solution than other energy storage solutions on the market.
The LAVO bicycle is equipped with small ones hydrogen tanks which collect hydrogen from water and solar energy and use it to power the engine. In short, its own energy storage system converts electricity from solar panels using an electrolyzer that separates the water into hydrogen and oxygen components before transferring it to a long-term storage system containing a metal alloy to produce hydrogen.
In general, the engine is fully charged in about ten minutes and has a range of about 93 miles (150 km) until the next charge. Compared to market competitors, LAVO technology has three times the storage capacity and more than twice the lifespan, providing a unique value proposition and a significant competitive advantage.
The exterior of the bike is sleek and because it is designed to be portable and flexible, it is made of lightweight materials. It has a load structure to accommodate the main weight of a hydrogen-powered system. In addition, its design includes a series of modular elements that could potentially facilitate repair or upgrades. All these qualities make it perfectly adaptable, seamlessly transforming its ergonomic design from a city bike to a transport bike for use in small business.
If all goes according to plan, the LAVO system will be ready for installation by mid-2021 and as it passes stage by stage, it will join the club of innovative bike designs that put a new twist on old classics.