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Hydrogen-powered zero-emission Scooter


January 20, 2004

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It acts like a 50cc two-stroke scooter in every respect but that of emissions - instead of producing mass hydrocarbons, it produces water. One of the most interesting new transportion initiatives in years, the German Aqwon is not what you'd expect - instead of being powered by electricity derived from a hydrogen fuel cell, the Aqwon burns hydrogen as its fuel.

The AQWON is not quite up to the open road or freeway, with a top speed around 50 km/h from its 2.6 kW two-strole motor, but with certainly points the way for a new generation of environmentally friendly transportation.

The product of 10 years of research and development, Independent Energy Systems (INENSY) now has technical approval for the Aqwon from the German transport authorities.

The biggest problem in using hydrogen fuel in a vehicle is the safe storage of the compressed gas which has been overcome in this instance with the assistance of HERA Hydrogen Storage Systems in developing a 50 bar pressure tank. In case of an accident, the tank will freeze and no fire or explosion would occur. Filling up the scooter's tank is a simple process which can be achieved in a few minutes. Unlike other vehicles, the Aqwon also comes with a lifetime supply of fuel. The price of EU€5,600 includes the refueling system of pressure tanks and a hydrogen generator which runs on solar power and water to produce hydrogen for your own use.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon

I contacyed AQWON after I saw all the awards he won in Germany. But they have not contacted me back.

I have NOT seen anything else about this wonder product since your article...


Good application of Hydrogen Energy. Hydrogen is the future energy carrier.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

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