French startup is first to begin factory production of hydrogen bikes
The French startup company, Pragma Industries, has become the first to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bikes for corporate or municipal fleets.
The Biarritz-based company has already sold 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities, including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery, and Bayonne.
The Alpha bike can travel as far as 100km on a two-litre tank of hydrogen – matching electric bikes.
However, the time to refill an Alpha bike in comparison to the average electric bike is minimal, with the tank taking minutes to refill and batteries taking hours to charge.
The company claims that one kilo of hydrogen can hold 6000 time more energy than a one-kilo lithium battery.
The bikes are sold at a cost of €7,500 (US$9,160), with charging points valued at €30,000 ($36,620).
At this price the technology is too expensive for the consumer market, but Pragma Industries are working on lowering the cost to €5,000 ($6,100) to keep inline with current premium electric bike costs.
“Many others have made hydrogen bike prototypes, but we are the first to move to series production,” commented Pierre Forte, Founder and Chief Executive of Pragma Industries.
The company have previously worked in making fuel cells which are sold for military use.
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."