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Alkali Fuel Cell History

photo of Karl Kordesch riding his fuel cell powered motorcycle.

Inventor Karl Kordesch of Union Carbide rides
his alkali fuel cell motorcycle in 1967.

Image 059-006 from the
Science Service Historical Image Collection

Original Union Carbide caption:

"It looks like an ordinary motorbike but there's no internal combustion engine and there's no noise. The machine, which is powered by a hydrazine-air fuel cell system, was built under the direction of Union Carbide's Dr. Karl Kordesch (pictured), a pioneer in fuel cell development. Dr. Kordesch has run up over 300 miles on the motorbike which can do 25 miles an hour and can travel 200 miles on a gallon of hydrazine."

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