Kit de conversion Vélo H2

Soutenez le développement d'un kit de conversion de vélo H2.

Olivier pedant la Fête de l'Innovation 28 Mai 2019
Olivier pendant la Fête de l'Innovation 28 Mai 2019

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Développement d'un kit de conversion «open source» pour transformer un vélo «classique» en vélo électrique à hydrogène

Il s’agit de quoi ?

  • Nous proposons de développer un kit de conversion «open source» pour transformer un vélo «classique» en vélo électrique à hydrogène.
  • Dans le projet proposé nous créerons une infrastructure pour l’hydrogène au sein du FabLab de Pangloss Labs et nous construirons un prototype de vélo électrique à hydrogène avec des composants « off the shelf».
  • Nous prévoirons la présentation du vélo H2 au Fête de la Science à Ferney-Voltaire en octobre 2019.

Pourquoi ?

Nous voulons inciter l’utilisation d’hydrogène vert par les particuliers et ainsi promouvoir les énergies renouvelables.
Nous voulons créer, dans le Pays de Gex et le Bassin Lémanique, une première cellule de compétence autour de l’hydrogène complémentaire de l’électricité verte.
Nous voulons contribuer à développer la mobilité douce dans le grand Genève, notamment dans un territoire très impacté par les déplacements pendulaires frontaliers relativement courts.

Quels avantages ?

  • Notre kit ouvrira l’utilisation de l’hydrogène à tous et visera une flexibilité permettant de couvrir un maximum de situations de conversion.
  • L’autonomie du vélo sera plus importante que sur les vélo électriques car l’hydrogène permet plus de stockage d’énergie sur le vélo. Elle ne sera d’ailleurs plus réduite par la température extérieure.
  • La recharge est limitée à quelques minutes. La distribution d’hydrogène (cartouches ou gaz à la pompe) reste à préciser.
  • Dans le cycle de vie du produit, les déchets ultimes dangereux provenant des piles sont fortement réduits.

Porteurs de projet et partenaires ?

Pangloss Labs est très engagé dans des projets pour initier l’économie de l’hydrogène, notamment dans le Grand Genève, à travers ses activités dans le cadre d’Open Geneva, sa participation à la Fête de la Science et au Mobility Hub du Grand Genève

Harald Wirth
Klaus Röhrich
Olivier Eugene
Harald WirthKlaus RöhrichOlivier Eugene
Physicien qui rêve de la
transition énergétique
vers l’hydrogène vert
Physicien avec
idées et idéals
Ingénieur passionné
des vélos

Marché et opportunités commerciales

  • Actuellement, il n'y a que très peu de fabricants de vélos à hydrogène, et un vélo H2 coûte près de 7.000 €.
  • Le kit à un prix cible (les composants produits en petite série) bien inférieur à 2.000 € est destiné aux particuliers, mais aussi aux petits ateliers (tiers lieux, ateliers d'insertion, etc.). En plus des vélos de ville, le kit sera utilisable également sur d’autres types de vélos (tricycles, vélos cargos, long tails, etc…)
  • L’opportunité d’affaires importante réside dans la distribution et l’échange des containeurs H2. Avec une infrastructure d’approvisionnement en hydrogène le marché est énorme, regardant p. ex seulement les déplacements pendulaires.
  • L’introduction du kit sous licence « open hardware » aidera à arriver plus rapidement à une taille de marché d’importance pour la production des composants ainsi que pour des services liées.

Nous cherchons 15.000 €

Nous avons accompli des recherches préliminaires, regardé ce qui est sur le marché et visité des entreprises et participé à des salons. Nous avons réalisé la conversion d’un vélo « normal » en vélo électrique, en « hackant » des pièces disponibles dans le commerce (p. ex pour outils de jardin).

Les fonds nous permettrons d’aboutir, dans une année, à un prototype d’un vélo à hydrogène suivant les étapes suivantes :

  • Création d’une espace chez Pangloss Labs pour travailler avec de l’hydrogène, équipement de maniement des gaz et électronique de contrôle
  • Ajout d’un conteneur d'hydrogène et une pile à combustible au vélo. En ce qui concerne le conteneur H2 et la PAC, nous envisageons une collaboration avec des entreprises spécialisées.
  • Simulations (p. ex modélisation sur OpenModelica) pour dimensionner le système optimal.
  • Construction du vélo, optimisation des composants (impression 3d, assemblage dédié de la batterie tampon et de la pile à combustible, etc.)
  • Démonstration du prototype. A ce stade, un premier produit utilisable devrait être disponible sous licence ouverte, en utilisant des composants disponibles dans le commerce, des pièces imprimées 3d et des logiciels spécifiques.

Les récompenses

Tous donateurs seront mentionnés dans les publications du projet et invités lors d’une démonstration publique. Vous êtes tenus au courant des développements, événements et plus encore !

Vous recevrez également une message sur nos médias sociaux pour montrer au monde entier à quel point vous êtes un être humain conscient et généreux !

  • Pour 10 € ou plus : Une minute sur le vélo à hydrogène lors d’une démonstration publique et votre nom mentionné dans nos publications.
  • Pour 100 € ou plus : Votre photo sur nos publications, particulièrement dans nos pages WWW et Facebook.
  • Pour 500 € ou plus : Vous serez invité.e d’honneur lors de la première démonstration publique.
  • Les entreprises ou sponsors donnant 1.000 € ou plus verront leur logo affiché dans nos publications ainsi que lors des présentations.

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Kit pour Vélo H2 – FAQ

Hydrogen

Why hydrogen ?

A cause de besoin de stockage d’énergie renouvellable, l’hydrogène s’impose comme moyen de stockage d’ énergie en grande quantité. Cette hydrogène est disponible soit pour la reconversion en électricité soit pour l’utilisation directe comme dans les voitures à l’hydrogen ou comme il est la cas ici, pour propulser une bicyclette. Avec notre kit de conversion d’un vélo traditionel en vélo assistance électrique à hydrogène, nous voulons apporter l’hydrogène aux particuliers. Nous voulons le rendre commun, nous voulons nous habituer de son utilisation avec une application abordable et disponible à toutes et tous.

Hydrogen, ist it really clean ?

L’hydrogène est propre sous condition qu’il est produit à partir des ressources renouvelables avec des technologies appropriées. Cela est le cas de l’hydrogène produite par électrolyse avec l’électricité verte. Donc c’est le choix du consommateur.

Isn't it dangerous ?

L’hydrogène n'est pas plus dangéreuse comme l’essence ou le gaz naturel. Les charartéristiques de combustion et donc d’une eventuelle explosition de ces combustibles sont different. Le hydrogène est le plus légère de tous ces molecules est l’impacte d’une improbable explosion est moins importante. Avec des outils moderne de manutention et de stockage, le risque d’une fuite ou encore d’une explosion est tres faible.

Whate are the advantages in comparison to electricity ?

Avant tous, en hydrogène on stock plus d’énergie comme en éléctricité. Donc l’autonomie d’un vehicule, voiture ou vélo ou bus, est considerablement augmenter.

Conversion kit

Why a kit ?

Les vélos à l’hydrogène existants ont une haute niveaux d’integration des composants.
Ils sont cher pas seulement a cause des cout des composants, mais aussi à cause des coûts de leur fabrication ainsi que l’amortisation du développement. Avec un kit open source, l’utilisateur n’a que les coûts d’achat du matériel. Avec le kit de conversion d’un vélo traditionel en vélo assistance électrique à hydrogène, le vélo H2 devient beaucoup moins cher et donc abordable.

Why open source ?

Nous sommes des volontaires de Pangloss, des philanthrops, qui prennent plaisir de développer quelque chose utile. Notre espoir est d’obtenir du retour d’idées d’amélioration du système. Mais notre plus grand intérêt est d’enthusiasmer un maximum d’utilisteur pour que les fournisseurs s’engagent dans la fabrication des composants mieux adapter et moins cher.

Is there any competition ?

Il y a des bicyclettes à hydrogène depuis une vingténe d’années. C’était des prototypes ou des petits séries reservé aux utilisateur industriel et des organismes publiques. Avec le kit, on ouvre la porte pour le particulier.

Where can I refill my bicycle ?

L’approvisionnement de l’hydrogène est une soucie. Il y a des stations de recharge par exemple de Ataway à Chambéry, ou le système de distribution de cartouches de l’hydrogène de Aaqius à Paris et Genève.
Avec notre proposition du kit on leur donne la motivation de créer un reseau de recharge régional.
Si contre, il y a la possibilité d’installer un petit électrolyseur chez soit même. Cette une solution rélativement chére, mais disponible.

Economy

What will be the price of the kit ?

Aujourd’hui nous achetons des composants du kit, moteur électrique, pile à combustible, stockage hydrogène avec micro controlleur, tubes, raccord et cables pour environ six à sept mille euro. Le projections des prix des composant selon quantité de production nour permettent de parler d’un prix du kit , vendu en quantité, dans la taille de 1000 euro.

How much costs a recharge ?

Sur un vélo on stock typiquement 50 gram d’hydrogène. Céla est 60% plus d’énergie que stockée sur un vélo électrique. Basé sur le prix d’un kilogramme d’hydrogène de dix euro, comme pour le voitures à hydrogène, le cout de recharche est en dessous de 1 euro.

A propos

Why all this ?

Nous voulons inciter l’utilisation d’hydrogène vert par les particuliers et ainsi promouvoir les énergies renouvelables. Nous voulons créer, dans le Pays de Gex et le Bassin Lémanique, une première cellule de compétence autour de l’hydrogène complémentaire de l’électricité verte. Nous voulons contribuer à développer la mobilité douce dans le grand Genève, notamment dans un territoire très impacté par les déplacements pendulaires frontaliers relativement courts.

Why us ?

Comme techniciens, Harald et Klaus sont physiciens, Olivier est ingénieur, nous sommes naturellement intéressés dans des nouvelles technologies. Nos soucies pour le climat, l’environnement et la durabilité de notre système social nous a ammené à la reflexion sur des applications d’énergie renouvables et l’hydrogène. Chez Pangloss Labs nous avons trouvé l’énvironnement favorable et l’atmosphére nourissante nos idées.

What is donators' money used for ?

Afin de acheter des composants, construire le vélo à hydrogène nous avons besoin d’un budget d’environ 15 mille euros. Les composant liés à l’hydrogène, pila à combustible, container de l’hydrogène, bouteille avec système de recharge, outils at accessoirs vont consommer 85 pur cent des ressources. Nous avons inclus une petite somme pour des deplacements pour des réunions avec partenaires potentiels. Le reste sert pour des consommables et des imprévues.

Who takes care ?

Making the hydrogen bicycle is a Pangloss Labs project. It is, therefore, supported by the association. The project has already received funds to buy an electric motor, which has been installed on the bicycle that was donate by one of the members of the association. At Pangloss there is furthermore the possibility of rent workshop space in the FabLab. The project is lead by Klaus Röhrich, Harald Wirth and Olivier Eugene.

Petite Histoire du Vélo H2

Histoire du Vélo H2

Une petite histoire des vélos à assistance électrique à hydrogène, simplement vélo à hydrogène ou vélo H2. Les infos et images sont résultats des recherches sur Internet entre octobre 2018 au mai 2019. Les sources sont ajoutées au bas du document. Certainement, cette histoire n'est pas parfaite, mais on obtient une bonne impression des projets du passé.

Klaus Röhrich, Pangloss Labs, mai 2019

Les débuts

Les premiers vélos à assistance électrique à hydrogène étaient issus de la recherche.

Le vélo américain de Manhattan Scientifics "Hydrocycle" avec une PAC allemande de 670W de NovArs fut présenté en 2000.
Au même temps à Rome en Italie, l’ENEA travaillait elle aussi avec l’hydrogène. Leur petit système SCENIC 150 (Sistema Cella EneaNuvera a Idrogeno Combustibile da 150 Watt) à servi pour bricoler un vélo à hydrogène.
Un peu plus tard, la société italienne Aprilia SpA, fabricant de bicyclettes, reprenait l’idée. Comme professionnel du vélo elle redessinait  le Hydrocycle de Manhattan Scientifics et fabricait le premier vélo à hydrogène commercial. Le Aprilia Enjoy Fuel Cell Bike fut présenté en 2001 avec une bouteille composite d’hydrogène sous 300 bar. Le prix indiqué était $2'300.  Ce vélo H2 était nommé « An Invention Of The Year » par le Time Magazin en 13 Novembre 2001 (article).
Comme anecdote de cette période des pionniers, l’étudiant Jörg Weigl de l’université d’Ulm en Allemagne battait les records d’autonomie des vélos H2. Avec sa construction de vélo couché il a fait 1200 kilomètres pendant le Wasserstoff-Expo à Hambourg 2002.

L’évolution

La société Aprilia était devenue calme de son vélo H2 autour de 2005. Il y a eu l’américaine WL Gore & Associates qui présentait une évolution des vélos de Manhattan Scientifics et Aprilia au Fuel Cell Expo 2005 en Japon, mais sans succès commercial.

Mais l’idée était disséminée. Des universités, des centres de recherche, et encore des enthousiastes se sont immergés dans le monde d’hydrogène, des cellules à combustible et des vélos. Voici la revue des réalisations.

Depuis ses premiers prototypes, ENEA à Rome n’a pas cessé de développe les vélos à hydrogène. Leur modèle de 2009 marchait avec une petit PAC de seulement 50W (6V x 8.5 A) et 900 litres H2 à bord. L’autonomie était donc plus que deux fois de celle d’une pédélec conventionnelle. Ou encore, à l'occasion du Grand Prix de Formule E qui se tiendrait à Rome en avril 2019, ENEA participait avec un vélo à l'hydrogène à la E-Parade de véhicules écologiques à 2, 3 ou 4 roues.

ENEA
ENEA 2000ENEA 2009ENEA 2019


Depuis 2008, le vélo à hydrogène est étudié an Australie. L’University of New South Wales construisait le vélo H2 avec un premier prototype en 2014 et un deuxième, le Hy-Cycle 2.0 en 2016.
Aussi en Italie, Vincenzo Antonucci en collaboration avec TRE SpA (Tozzi Renewable Energy) et CNR-ITAE (Messina) présentait son vélo H2 de 26 Kg seulement, à la foire « H2 Roma Energy & Mobility Show » en 2009.
En 2012, Trifyl surprenait avec son vélo à hydrogène. Ce prototype était conçu par Trifyl, le Service départemental de valorisation des déchets ménagers du Tarn, en collaboration avec l’Ecole des Mines d’Albi et Albhyon, spécialisé dans l’hydrogène. Présenté lors d’une étape du Tour de France 2012, ce vélo n’était toutefois pas commercialisé.
Aussi en 2012, au Hochschule RheinMain, un prototype était construit par Michael Röser, Stefan Dietrich et Georg Derscheid basé sur une bicyclette Sustamo.
Le développement du vélo Gernweit Ped-Hy-lec commençait en 2008. Le consultant d’entreprises Holger Hanisch était supporté par le Department of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology of the University of Applied Sciences RheinMain, en coopération avec Ralph Luh Engineering Co. et la Schunk Bahn- und Industrietechnik GmbH (tous en Allemagne). Le vélo à hydrogène a vue une évolution jusque à 2014. Son poids était 34.6 Kg et le prix positionné en dessus de €7‘000.


Vis-à-vis des modèles plutôt traditionels il y a eu dans cette année 2012 des prototypes dessiné par des visionaires. La conception du Suédois Johan Persson pour Aprilia par exemple, ou l’Hydogenia, un hybride entre pédélec, pousse-pousse et pile à combustibles de IFAM (Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials), Dresden.

Johan Persson’s Aprilia, 2012Fraunhofer E-Bike Hydogenia, 2012


Plus récentes sont les prototypes de Vorradler (Allemagne 2014), de Tc Mobility (Italie, 2015), de Alex Bevan de Birmingham University (Royaume Unie, 2017) avec moteur H2 à combustion interne ou ce de Ankica Đukić à l’University of Zagreb (Croatie, 2017).

Electrolyte Vorradler S3 FC, 2014Tc Mobility Frisbee «Scoobi» H2, 2015
Alex Bevan, Birmingham University, 2017Ankica Đukić, University of Zagreb, 2017


Le Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) développait un pédélec présenté en 2014. Ce vélo est aujourd’hui dans leur musée. DLR développait aussi un vélo cargo. Cette technologie est aujourd'hui exploitée par la société Rytle à Hambourg en Allemagne.

DLR BZ-Rad, au musée DLRDLR Cargo Bike, 2015


A l’Institute Fraunhofer ISE en Allemagne le LiteFCBike est développé depuis 2016. Ce système complet de PAC avec stockage d’hydrogène dans douze cartouche d’hydrure métallique et batterie tampon peut être monté sur n’importe quel vélo électrique remplacent la pile. En combinaison avec un kit de conversion en vélo électrique quasiment tout vélo peut être converti en vélo à hydrogène. L’énergie stockée avec le kit est environ 270Wh, donc seulement la moitie d’une pile d’un pédélec standard (environ 500 Wh).

Fraunhofer ISE, 2016le pack hydrogène
Nous n’avons pas trouvé plus d’information sur le MicroBike E-go Hydrogen, rendu public dans l’internet en mai 2019 avec un prix de €4‘500.


Bien sur, on a vue aussi des industriels essayer de commercialiser les vélos à hydrogène.

En novembre 2004, Palcan Fuel Cells Ltd., Vancouver, Canada avait inauguré sa première chaîne de montage au Shanghai Tongji Nanhui Science and Technology Industrial Park et s’est associé à Nanjing Fuel Cell Company Ltd. Eventuellement, la société Palcan a abandonné ce secteur. Reste à noter que Palcan a fourni, en 2009, une PAC de 300W à la société chinoise Shanghai Giant & Phoenix Bicycle pour alimenter un scooter à hydrogène.

En peu plus de succès a eu l’allemande Masterflex AG. Fournisseurs de composants pour la manipulation de fluides et système d’analyses, Masterflex commençait de s’engager dans le domaine des PACs en 2001. Le prototype du HyBike avec une PEM de 250W et 45 grammes d’hydrogène à bord était montré au Hannover Messe 2004. En 2007, la ville de Herten en Allemagne, championne dans l’application des technologies vertes, achetait dix HyBikes pour €70'000. L’hydrogène devait être fourni par son usine « Blue Tower » mais apparemment il y a eu des problèmes technologiques. Entre temps, Masterflex construisait le CargoBike en collaboration avec le constructeur allemand de vélos, Hawk Bikes Entwicklung & Marketing GmbH. La Deutsche Telekom testait 14 CargoBikes à Berlin en 2008. Ces prototypes n'ont pas connu de suite et en avril 2011, Masterflex a annoncé qu’il s’était dessaisi de son activité « cycles ».

Masterflex HyBike, 2004 Masterflex Cargo Bike, 2008
Le vélo de Palcan a connu un successeur en Chine. En 2007 Shanghai Pearl (Shanghai Pearl Hydrogen Power Source Technology Company) présentait son « Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Bicycle PHB ». Ce vélo pesait 32 Kg. Son prix était estimé à $2'650 avec une projection de $350 pour la production en série.

Valeswood ETD Ltd. à Birmingham en Royaume Unie utilisait la technologie de Shanghai Pearl pour créer sa vélo à hydrogène en 2007.
Depuis 2010, la société Valeswood ne semble plus en activité.

Valeswood 2007Valeswood 2010
Un autre dérivé du vélo de Shanghai Pearl était commercialisé peut plus tard par la compagnie italienne Acta SpA. Elle avait présenté son premier prototype en septembre 2009 au EICMA Motor Show. Le vélo d’acta servirait pour expérimentations par exemple en Espagne par la Fundación para el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologias del hidrógeno en Aragón et du CCI Instituto Tecnologia de Canarias en Pozo Isquierdo, en Gran Canaria, Islas Canarias. Mais depuis, Acta a abandonné cette application pour se concentrer sur le développement d’électrolyseurs.
Similaire aux vélos de Shanghai Pearl, Valeswood ou Acta était celui d’Iwatani. Iwatani Corporation développait des vélos à assistance électrique à hydrogène pendant trois années de 2006 à 2008 comme participant du Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Demonstration Project (JHFC). Le résultat fur présenté au Kansai International Airport en Octobre 2009.
Et encore dans cette catégorie de petits vélos tombe celui de Pedego Electric Bikes. Cette société californienne travaillait avec SiGNa Chemistry dans le développement d’un prolongateur d’autonomie pour leur vélo électrique Pedego Classic Comfort Cruise. “For every 1.5 lbs. of weight a rider carries, an additional 700 Wh is available (compared to ~350 Wh for an ultra-high performance lithium-polymer battery at a weight of 7 lbs.).”
Parallèle en Autriche et Allemagne, la société Linde à Vienne en Autriche, fournisseur des technologies et des gaz industriels, se balader dans le domaine. Une série pilote de cent bicyclettes à hydrogène était produite est distribuée aux utilisateurs institutionnels et politique en 2015. Ce vélo pèse que 23.6 Kg avec un prix en dessus de €7'000, mais Linde n’est pas intéressée de le commercialiser.

La société française Gitane (Groupe Cycleurope) a présenté à Nice, en mai 2013 son prototype hybride baptisé Alter Bike.
Il avait été développé en collaboration avec les sociétés françaises Pragma Industries et Ventec.
L'hydrogène est stocké dans des capsules chimiques interchangeables et recyclables. Le vélo Alter 2 est apparu en 2016.

Gitane Alter Bike, 2013Gitane Alter Bike 2, 2016


Aujourd’hui

Atena Scarl est le centre de haute technologie pour l'énergie et l'environnement en Italie. Sa technologie phare est une petit PAC qui est mit sur des vélos, scooters et micro-voitures fonctionnant à l’hydrogène. Les système sont dotés de cartouches interchangeables ou peuvent être rechargés indépendamment. Le vélo à hydrogène est supporté d‘ENEA, d‘Università Parthenope di Napoli et d‘Università degli Studi di Perugia. En 2019, trois modèle sont proposés: Touring 250, Sport MB250, Sport MB500, mais sans prix ni point de vente.

Le vélo è hydrogène αlpha est un développement de Pragma Industries (Biarritz, France). Le projet est soutenu par l’Ademe. Pragma Industries avait présenté un prototype en 2015. Ces bicyclettes pèsent 25 kg, soit le poids d’un vélo électrique. Elles coûtent aujourd’hui €7’000 à l’achat, avec la perspective de réduire le prix à 3.500 à l’horizon 2020. Il y a plusieurs projets d’utilisation du αlpha comme dans le projet CARGHO, qui est une flotte de vélos à hydrogène testés par les usagers à Chambéry et Savoie Technolac ou aussi dans le projet Bhyke à Cherbourg et Saint-Lô dans la Manche avec une flotte de 20 vélos. Pragma Industries a aussi dévoilé des eTrikes à hydrogène destinés aux derniers mètres de la livraison.

Le MovR vélo cargo de la société Rytle (Bremen, Allemagne) est sur le marché depuis 2018. La société est un projet de spin-off Fuel Cell Power Pack (FC PP) de la DLR.

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blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/05/fuel_cell_cargo.html

blog.wired.com/gadgets/2007/05/fuel_cell_cargo.html

blue-rocket.de/rytle-vernetzt-lastenraeder-mit-mini-hubs/

bresciapoint.blogspot.com/2009/05/la-mobilita-ad-idrogeno-e-gia-realta.html

emobilitaet.online/news/produkte-und-dienstleistungen/4581-dlr-zeigt-lastenfahrrad-mit-brennstoffzelle

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PHB_(bicycle)

evworld.com/article.cfm?storyid=413

fch.europa.eu/sites/default/files/FCH Docs/171127_FCH2JU_BCs Regions Cities Consolidated Tech Intro_Rev. Final FCH_v11 (ID 2910585).pdf

frisbee.eu/blogs/news/19169327-bici-frisbee-a-idrogeno-by-tc-mobility

hidrogenoaragon.org/en/

hydrogen.hr/en/first-croatian-hydrogen-fuel-cells-powered-bicycle

HZwei/blog/2018-12-14/die-letzte-meile-mit-dem-movr

logistra.de/news/nfz-fuhrpark-lagerlogistik-intralogistik-solutrans-2017-rytle-praesentiert-profi-lastenrad-mit-ups-13691.html

Masterflex: Cargobike with mini fuel cells at Hanover Fair

mhtx.com/history/mid-range-fuel-cell/

mhtx.com/news-and-media/press-releases/time-magazine-names-fuel-cell-bike-as-an-invention-of-the-year/

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phys.org/news/2018-04-hydrogen-aid.html

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rytle.de/

Wired: Fuel Cell CargoBike

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Kit pour Vélo H2

Conversion kit for hydrogen bicycle

Project description

We want to co-create a conversion kit «open source»
to transform classical bicycles into hydrogen powered electric bicycles.

Who we are ?

The project "Kit pour Vélo H2" is a project of Pangloss Labs association at Ferney-Voltaire, France. The project is one of the many co-creation projects of the members of the association.

Raison d’être : Promote green hydrogen at fair price to promote the use of renewable energy.

Hydrogen is not easily available to the individual. Today, use of hydrogen is confined to
• subsidized projects which are run by the supplyer of the hydrogen equipment,
• particular applications like vehicle fleets , and
• trained guided users like La Poste.
In this environment we lack the opportunity for doing something ourselves, for using hydrogen in our daily life. With the concersion kit for the hydrogen bicycle and a viable hydrogen distribution available, we start into a new phase in the evolution of the hydrogen economy, the one that includes the common person.

Vision

An economy in which it is easy to get green hydrogen, even in small quantities and at affordable price, for individual use p.ex. to heat, to cook or -as is presented here - to move around on a motor assited bicycle.

Mission : Promote the use of renewable energy (“appellation hydrogène verte”).

Our primary goal is the creation of a kit to convert a standard bicycle into an electric bicycle powered by hydrogen. Making a prototype will serve to raise funds for the next stage.
The second goal is proposing a regional hydrogen infrastruture which is appropriate for the needs of the cyclists, and which is easy to copy and implement elsewhere.

Batterie or hydrogen power for the electric bike ?

For short rides in town, the electric bicycle is a good solution. But when you need to move over larger distances for example in the coutnryside, the electric bike's range is often too shorts. In particular commuters between a home in the outskirts of the city and a job inside can be disadvantaged by the autonomy limited by the energy stored in the battery. With hydrogen, the range of an electric vehicle can be much larger, because more energy can be stored in comparison to batteries.

Why hydrogen ?

To achieve our environmental and climate goals we must reduce CO2 emissions massively and utilise the advantages that come with renewable energies. For the storage of renewable elecricty produced with photo-voltaic panels or wind power generators, hydrogen is being established as a primary storage medium. Surplus energy is transformed into hydrogen - rather than being discarded - which thus is available not only for reconversion into electricity but also for direct use in a multitude of applications, in particular in individual mobility. Such hydrogen is truely green as it does not impact patterns of consumption like it is the case of electricity when renewble energy for transport cuts into the supply of renewable energy to other sectors.

Why Open Source ?

The use of hydrogen applications is generally confined to organizations and professional users. One of the obstacles is the cost of the equipment. With an open source development of the conversion kit the invidual users can construct his or her own hydrogen bicycle at the cost of the components only. This entails larger numbers of users and in turn cheaper components. Feedback from users will accelerate the development.

The advantages …

  • Increased autonomy because of larger energy storage on the bicycle with hydrogen than with batteires.
  • Changing a hydrogen cartouche or a battery takes about thesame time of a few minutes. But recharging a cartouche (50 gr H2) or a battery (0.5 KWh) makes the difference: few minutes for the hydrogen but hours of the battery.
  • Reduction, even elimination, of the hazardous materials in the batteries.
  • Hydrogen storage does not leak. There is no auto-discharge like it is observed with batteries.
  • The H2 bike has a greater lifetime that the battery electric bike.
  • The price of the conversion kit can be comparatively low. Therefore the hydrogen bicycle will come with an interesting price tag.
  • Potentially lower operational cost and therefore an advantageous TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) compared to battery-electric bicycles - once investment cost is reduced. (R. Berger, “Business case for FC-electric bikes”, FCH 2 JU, 2017)
  • A heat-exchcanger at the fuel cell can be integrated into the bike. The heat can be used to warm seat and handles. Or for heating a metal hydride cartouche.
  • Today, the weights of hydrogen and battery electric bicycles is not much different. With the conversion kit the weight of the hydrogen bicycle possibly can be further reduced.
  • Both hydrogen and battery electric bicycles produce no other emissions than water vapour, they are « zéro émission » vehicles.
  • Hydrogen and battery electric bicycles are particularly quiet.
  • Eventually it will be possible capturing energy from breaks or when rolling downhill with a reversible fuel cell.

… and the disadvantages

  • Primary energy consumption is approximately twice as that of an electric bicycles (conversion efficiency e- → H2 → e-) for the same autonomy.
  • There is no appropriate hydrogen distribution, neither for small gas bottles nor for metal hydride containers. Electrolysers are expensive.
  • The price of hydrogen is (still) high because of the investments for the infrastructure.

The challenges

Fuel cells exist. We need to find the right fuel cell for use on the bicycle.

We need to find appropriate, i.e. cheap, light and compact hydrogen storage either as compressed gas in a bottle or dissolved in a metal hydride container.

We need to create the hydrogen infrastructure (storage container leasing, vending machines, centralized or individualized recharge) ?

The H2 Bicycle – A Step Towards A Cleaner Future

During the Open Geneva Innovation Festival 2018 a group of Pangloss members and others assembled to think about how to introduce hydrogen as a clean energy vector in our society. Various ideas were aired. A condensation took place for the Fête de la Science in Ferney-Voltaire half a year later. One of the concepts put forward was that of bringing hydrogen bicycles to the people. Two workshops (hackathons) on the subject followed in January and March 2019.

The hydrogen powered electric bicycle (HPEB) is not a new idea. Already 20 years ago such vehicles were constructed, but they were never made available to the common person, not to talk about production in series. The latest version, the Alpha bike of French company Pragma Industries is produced in batches of a hundred units and distributed to users, usually organizations, who can afford the rather hefty price of the bicycle of the order of 7'000 euros and the massive cost of a refilling station upwards of 50'000 euros.

At Pangloss Labs we have the idea to make all this cheaper with the goal to enable everybody profitting from green energy and clean hydrogen thus making a measurable contribution to a more sustainable world.

Harald, a member of Pangloss Labs next to the Alpha hydrogen bike of Pragma Industries at BePositive Expo Lyon 2019.

Our concept turns around the creation of a kit for converting normal bicycles into hydrogen powered electric bicycles (HPEB). Such kits should be cheap. The HPEB should not cost more than the equivalent electric bike but - and this will be the major advantage for the cyclist - with much larger autonomy. We think that eventually we can store 50 grams of hydrogen on the bike, which is equivalent to 750 Wh using a decent fuelcell, 50% more energy than typically stored on an electric bicycle. Bigger hydrogen containers and more efficient fuel cells will soon bring the advantage to 100% doubling the autonomy.

The crew in the Pangloss FabLab at Ferney-Voltaire on their way installing the electric motor and other components on the bike on 23 March 2019.

Closing the loop: Innovation for a Circular Economy

On Wednesday 6th December, 2017, Paul Bristow represented Pangloss Labs along with 5 other startups with innovations in the circular economy in Brussels .  We were chosen from across all of the EU to participate in a high-level policy discussion at the European Parliament, hosted by Nespresso and the EU40.MEPs Franc Bogovic (EPP, Slovenia) and Davor Skrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia) hosted the roundtable debate preceded by six start-ups that pitched their innovations and spice up the discussion.(more…)

Internet of Things Lab

IoT Lab

Designing and creating objects that connect to the Internet and each other. Mostly based around raspberry pi, openhab, mqtt, and Arduino variants. Includes programming, hardware design, and our smartlab based on openhab allows experimentation with more than 300 different IoT protocols!

Recent additions to the lab include LoraWAN for remote IoT sensors, NFC and RFID tag technology and more.

This is the place for AI, bots, dataviz and things generally interacting with the internet and the real world.

Useful IoT Lab Links


Introduction to 3D Printing

Learn about the world of 3D printing from one of our fablab experts.  In this introduction course you will learn the basics of 3D printing and how to use a filament-based 3D printer, including the all important first print.

Bring a laptop computer or tablet if you can.

This is a two hour course including hands on exercises with a Pangloss expert.

At the end of it you will be able to use the Pangloss Labs 3D printers, and be much more expert with your own 3D printer at home or work.

Check our events calendar for the next 3D printing course date.

This course is available in both French and English languages.

Conferences and Training Courses

Conferences and Training Courses

Pangloss collaborates with specialists to organise and host a variety of conferences and courses, with the aim of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the greater Geneva area.  For example:

  • Business and technology conferences about innovation in the Leman area
  • Business Courses on company strategy and entrepreneurship
  • Courses on the machines in the Fab Lab: how to operate 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters and CNC mills and how to design in 2D and 3D.

Shared workspace

Shared Workspace

The shared working space is a professional, yet inviting spaces that acts as a catalyst for professional exchange and collaboration consisting of:

  • Contemporary office furniture
  • Multiple work station
  • A relaxed and convivial space
  • A conference room

Pangloss @ #UNHCRNGOs

On June 14th 2017, representatives from Pangloss Labs were invited to participate to the UNHCR annual consultation with NGOs.  From the sustainable development innovation lab, Paul, Charlie & Gianluca decided to dedicate one day to this.  With our partners from the Global Humanitarian Lab (based at the Palais de Nations), we exhibited some of the things that digital fabrication - and more importantly the entrepreneurial, problem solving mindset around it - could enable in refugee environments.   It was an eye-opening day for all of us, and each of us decided to tell the story in our own words.(more…)

Générer du beau

Vous vous êtes certainement posé les questions suivantes sur la beauté«Qu’est-ce qui est beau ? »«Comment être beau? Existe-t-il une méthode, une recette pour faire du beau ?»«Pourquoi moi je trouve ça beau mais pas les autres ? »Un proverbe arabe dit : « la beauté est dans l’œil qui regarde ». En fait la réponse de notre être à l’esthétique, est purement personnelle, et dépend de nombreux facteurs culturels et émotionnels.La beauté d’un visage par exemple peut être appréciée comme une absence de défaut. C’est la beauté qui rassure quant à son vécu personnel. Mais au contraire cela peut être une aspérité qui étonne au lieu de susciter notre rejet.Dans la réponse esthétique, on trouve le plus souvent une émotion qu’il est difficile de comprendre pour soi et encore plus d’expliquer aux autres.Un jour j’ai découvert l’univers de l’espace mathématiques de Mandelbrot. D’abord subjugué par la richesse des images produites à partir d’un simple zoom sur un point particulier de cet espace, où les formes se répétaient avec des variations étonnantes, je me suis fait expliquer ce qui générait ces formes.La réponse était étonnante. La fonction génératrice était l’étude de suite, dans le simple plan des complexes, dont on étudiait la vitesse de convergence.On donnait une couleur au point à partir duquel la suite était calculée, en fonction de sa vitesse de convergence.Un élève de terminale peut comprendre le problème posé, cependant la question est bizarre, originale. La réponse à cette question est, elle, époustouflante.Si Benoit Mandelbrot avait gardé pour lui le secret de cette génération en ne divulguant que le résultat artistique de ses recherches, jamais on aurait compris le principe générateur de ces formes d’une richesse infinie. Cela choque beaucoup de personnes, mais de nombreux mathématiciens pensent que tout est nombre. Le réel physique d’existerait pas et l’univers  ne serait que le résultat de perceptions diverses.En décomposant, la complexité on arrive à de simples fonctions primitives, finalement assez pauvres.Jeune étudiant j’avais été choqué par l’énoncé du théorème de Fourier.Ce théorème dit que tout signal cyclique, aussi complexe soit-il, peut se décomposer en une somme de vibrations à différentes fréquences.Une vibration est une simple vague qui fait monter et descendre de façon continue, répétitive et monotone.La vibration en tant que cycle rassure, car on sait qu’après être redescendu, on va remonter, puis redescendre. Ça ne finit jamais et c’est sans surprise.La fonction mathématique qui porte cette vibration est la fonction Sinus.N’ayant comme talent artistique que celui du contemplatif, j’ai imaginé des formes qui ne seraient que des sommes de vibrations, dans tous les sens, dans plusieurs dimensions. En les combinant, on génère des formes douces, organiques, qui rappelle des muscles, des viscères, un squelette. On repère quelques répétitions signant la simple vibration, la simple vague, la simple fonction sinus, mais ces répétitions ne se répètent pas complètement à l’identique et surprennent un peu dans leur rendu parce qu’elles sont simplement combinées avec d’autres. On entre progressivement dans le domaine du vivant, ou dans l’illusion du vivant. Mon œil est surpris par le résultat. J’espère que le votre aussi.

Pangloss Labs in Geneva

On the 12th of January a small, determined group met at Pangloss Labs in Ferney-Voltaire to discuss why there isn't yet a Pangloss Labs Geneva site and what to do about it. In a nutshell, although we have found some spaces in Geneva that meet our original half office / half workshop criteria, they are very few and far between.  With the rent costs being much higher in Geneva than neighbouring France, to replicate directly what we did in France would need 45 people willing to pay a proportion of the rent, before we have the space.   In addition, leases in Geneva tend to start at 5 years.  With some of the offers we have, on projects under development, we'd need 45 people willing to commit to contribute to a collaborative association for 5 years, starting in 1-2 years time.  That's almost impossible to do.So, with the facts on the table, and with the aid of some decent French wine, we brainstormed on the possible ways forward.  With lots of whiteboards, and different experiences and backgrounds we came up with the following plan:
  1. Make a list of all the spaces and similar initiatives around innovation in Grand Geneva.  Create working partnerships where possible.
  2. Simultaneously, use co-creation to decide amongst our Pangloss Labs community in Geneva, which set of Innovation Labs make sense for them.  This may well be a very different set from the 10 chosen in the Pays de Gex.
  3. Build up the space requirements for each Innovation Lab.  See if each Lab can start using time and space in existing physical spaces around Geneva.  If so, partner with the appropriate physical space, and do that, resulting in a win-win for Pangloss members and existing physical spaces, along with cross fertilisation between communities.
This doesn't solve the problem of a large maker space in Geneva, but it does solve the problem of how to get the other Innovation Labs really working for those members unable to easily get to Ferney-Voltaire and it provides something concrete as a partnership with our other innovation space friends around Geneva.Once things are up and running, we can decide if we need another physical space in Geneva, or if working collaboratively with existing spaces is sufficient.What do you think?
solar hydrogen generator

Solar Thermal Hydrogen Production – An Adventure

Fifty million tons of hydrogen are used every year mainly for making fertilizers and for refining petroleum. Today, it is also explored as an energy storage medium because electricity storage at large scale is costly and inefficient. Hydrogen can be used as a chemical, in particular to make hydrocarbons, so it can replace petroleum, and it is a source of clean power –for transportation for example- because its use results in water only and nothing else.Wouldn’t it be great to make hydrogen in a clean and sustainable way?The history of H2P began in 2001 on the premises of Creative Services s.a.r.l. with contemplations about what to do with acetylene. From a coffee table discussion the subject evolved into patent applications and the search for funds to realize the idea.(more…)

Design Thinking (Introduction)

imagesOne hour course Syllabus:One hour to know if Design Thinking is for you.In one hour, we will share with you the mindset and the key things for you to know if design thinking can help you.We believe it will ! Come and see us to find out how this will boost your ideas and meet other autonomous and independent entrepreneurs.Our next course will take place on September 8th from 2pm to 3pm and for future events, please check the Pangloss online event calendar.To register please click on this link.To express interest for a different date, please email Yves Zieba (yves@panglosslabs.org) or call 0041795611054 or 0033952118168

The Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.This article was written by Pangloss Lab's own Paul Bristow and published at Circulate News, the news website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.Read it there: http://circulatenews.org/2016/06/business-benefits-of-open-source-modular-design-for-the-circular-economy/

Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.  This article was written by Paul and published at Circulate News, the news site of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.http://circulatenews.org/2016/06/business-benefits-of-open-source-modular-design-for-the-circular-economy/

Making things for a good cause

One of the great things about being based in Geneva is the interesting people you meet. While working on innovation for “International Geneva”, I met up with the ICRC’s innovation team. They have been working on a global makeathon for humanitarian causes. One thing led to another, and I ended up giving a webinar on rapid prototyping and following that up with a long blog post which you can read on the Enable Makeathon’s site

Is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?

Globalisation only flows one way. At least that’s the experience of the last 30 years. Manufacturing fled Europe, looking for more and more economies of scale, making millions of identical objects for the cheapest possible price.

Mass manufacturing has changed the world, but every process comes to an end. When something becomes “the only way to do things”, innovation kicks in and find a alternative.Open Source distributed manufacturing is that alternative. New, open source technologies have reduced the costs of machinery by a factor of tens to hundreds. Things that were complicated and expensive, like accurate positioning in 3D space, have become trivially simple and ridiculously cheap. The result is that it has become much less expensive to make individual customised objects – something that mass manufacturing cannot do at all.FabLabs, like this one, are described as a place when you can make “almost anything”. We know what the things we cannot yet make are, and many of the projects in these spaces are open source machines to overcome these limitations. Just in the last two years we have seen machines for knitting clothes, printing fabrics, printing concrete, and laminating wood/carbon fibre composites, as well as DNA sequencers, projects to grow bricks, produce all sorts of energy efficient vehicles, and build your own energy efficient houses.These projects are not developed by individual geniuses in their garages. The internet was designed as a collaborative tool, and has delivered magnificently. Local communities of people interested in making things have found each other online, and joined together to create physical spaces where they can collaborate together. These projects, in turn collaborate online in globe-spanning open source projects, creating amazing collaborative answers to problems that might not be solved in any other way.Right now it’s not for replacing the things you can buy in the shops, more for replacing the things you cannot buy in the shops. How often have you searched and not found the thing you were looking for? Simply not been able to buy a spare part, or not found a table the right size in the right wood. Those are the sorts of things maker-spaces can produce using parametric design and shared resources.In twenty years the very idea that you would buy something that is the same thing that any of your neighbours have will seem quaint, like Henry Ford’s “any color you like as long as it’s black”. You will be able to easily customise the object you want to suit your exact needs and have it quickly manufactured in your local fabrication centre. Or have a brand new thing designed just for you from scratch using open source tools, technologies and techniques.Around Lake Geneva, this is a work-in-progress. On the 27th of June 2015, the makers of the Lac Leman region unified for the first time to put on the “Leman Make” Festival. At the start, we knew of two hackerspaces in the region. One year later we had dozens of local fabrication spaces involved in the festival, all of whom were making stuff right here.Technology should be a slave, not a master. It’s time it stopped being exclusive – something for other people far away to master – came back home, and was made accessible to everyone. As children we were all taught to share, and it turns out that sharing really can change the world for the better.So the answer to the question “is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?” is definitely a resounding yes. We hope you’ll join in.

Art & Design Lab

Art & Design Lab

The Art and Design lab proposes a place for creatives, graphic and web designers and artists where you can exchange knowledge, learn about other people's projects and anything towards the creative thinking.

Sustainable Development Lab

Sustainable Development Lab

The Sustainable Development lab searches to fulfill the needs of the present without compromising the future. We believe in a connected world in space, time and quality of life.

From an entrepreneurial perspective, if you're looking for problems to solve, the UN has co-created a list of seventeen goals that they are trying to achieve by 2030.  It will need most everyone in the world to actually do this, so there are plenty of opportunities.

Lab Manager(s)

Paul Bristow

Innovation Consultant | Open Source Expert

Media Lab

Media Lab

Our media lab covers all forms of media projects, ranging from mobile first website development (CMS Wordpress, Joomla!, Strikingly) to augmented reality and virtual reality developments.

We also create wikis and contribute to local and specialised knowledge management platforms.

Our lab includes the making of videos, podcasts, infographics and photographs, from a practical and creative angle.

We also work with radio stations and web radios.

Last but not least, our activities include gaming clubs (Minecraft, Fortnight, Overwatch), and game development learning (Unity 3d).

Media Initiatives

Media Champions

Patrick Jacquet Photographer and President at Mise Au Point

Patrick Jacquet is a self-taught photographer enjoying his passion for photography for more than 30 years.
Over these decades, he learned and mastered complex photography techniques he’s using as based tools to release his creativity. For 20 years, he’s been sharing his experience and passion through “Mise Au Point”… a photographic association specialized in training and photo coaching.

“Mastering photo techniques doesn’t make a good photograph… but without that, your heart is silent”

From hyper macro photography to gigapixel panoramic views, from architecture to sport, from fashion to Fine Art, Patrick is able to play successfully across various domains, coming up with outstanding series being exhibited in International photo festivals.

Mise Au Point web site : http://www.miseaupoint.org

 

Mélie Genet

I am an HR and business administration specialist, with 15 years of experience working for business consultancies with international reach.

Passionate about the functioning of human beings and systems, I have a huge default: my curiosity is equalled only by my entrepreneurial drive. I have followed three training paths: psychology (specialized in new technologies applied to education and human computer interactions), entrepreneurship (Master HEC entrepreneurship from Grenoble school of business) and human resources (Swiss Advanced Certificate in HR management).

In 2011, I have co-founded a company in the field of HR services outsourcing (recruitment and payroll mostly). Today, I share my time between different projects operating as freelance.

I have a relatively rich associative life, which I strive to foster. I am committing in fields related to company creation support, education and humanitarian projects.

My beliefs regarding the corporate world are clear: I am promoting human-centred management and collective intelligence leveraging.  I am also a fan of the lean startup movement.

I am passionate about reading, writing, music and travels.

I offer my services to project holders and advise them in following fields:

  • Strategic consulting: business canvas, business plan, market survey.
  • HR and finance consulting: talent and key resources acquisition. HR and finance backoffice, process optimization, training, ERP implementation, audit, outsourcing.

I speak French, English and German.

Doris Edwards Permaculture Designer | Business Owner | Lean Startup Fan

I am a Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

I want to enable busy professionals like you, and families and communities, to cultivate urban and rural spaces in the permaculture way, so that you too may enjoy the delight of fresh, tasty, nutricious and healthy home-grown food.

Permaculture is a way of designing an ecosystem that works for the small urban backyard and for the larger rural garden. No need to break your back or become a professional gardener!

If we were to talk in terms of innovation, Permaculture is disrupting agriculture in the way Apple's MP3 player disrupted the music industry!

As a busy entrepreneur, running my own digital transformation services company since 1987, I was struggling with an unruly and needy vegetable garden for many years, almost to the point of giving up.

But then I discovered Permaculture Design, and it was amazing!

After one year already, my garden had transformed into a haven of abundance, providing high yields of nutritious fruit and vegetables, at a fraction of the labour needed before.

During 2015, I have obtained the internationally recognised PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate. Certification which has validated my practical experience.

In a parallel life, I am the founder of the Geneva Lean Startup Group. And back in 2009, I founded SoYouWantAChange.com, a Web Content Boutique.

I am proud to be an early supporter of Pangloss Labs, a radiant Greater Geneva-based online Platform with a mission, and a thriving local community.

Fernando González Cortés

I am an independent software developer. My main interests are open source, geographical information systems, statistics and artificial intelligence.

As a software developer I care about:

  • What the client tries to achieve and how best software can help.
  • Finding simple solutions that avoid adding complexity to the codebase.
  • Automating tests and other development best practices, so that the software is stable and the development pace does not fall.
  • Studying how project goals and requirements relate to tasks a software team needs to execute on.

Works

You can take a look at my daily activities in my blog.

A list of my personal projects (to be completed!):

  • Border rampage: Work in progress. A map that shows the speeds of the public transport in the border between Geneva and Saint Genis-Pouilly and Ferney Voltaire and allows to browse the last 24 hours of this data.

I have been part of these development teams:

I have done (small) contributions to

I am a founder member of geomati.co

Fab Lab

Fablab

Hands on building of (almost) anything. Prototyping, finished products and repairs. With digital fabrication machines from 3D printers to lasers to large format CNC machines.

A Fablab is a space for learning new skills and sharing your skills.  We do not have resources to fix things for free, but will happily show you how you can learn to repair and make things. To find out more, visit us on one of our regular open days.

You don't have to start from zero.  Come and learn how about the world of digital fabrication with our regular training courses.  Our introduction courses are suitable for everyone, with reduced prices for Pangloss members!

We have a range of different machines in the fablab, suitable for different types of project, from hobbyist to professional.  To use one of our machines, you will need to be a member of the association.  We do not (yet) sell material for making your projects, but may have small scrap/leftover pieces for testing.  Before reserving a machine, you will need to be trained in one of our training courses. Use of machines is on a first come first served basis and requires payment.  Hand tools, table saw, scroll saw, drill press etc are available in the space and are free for members to use.  Fees are displayed in the fablab and, for members, on the appropriate web page.

Calendula 3D scanner

The Calendula 3D scanner is a printed in the lab rotating scanner, based on the ATLAS 3D open source project, and using a Raspberry Pi to derive full colour point clouds and STL meshes from the object being scanned. Machine Status: Working but needs frequent calibration

Blue Lotus Laser Cutter

The “Blue Lotus” Laser Cutter is a largish 80W CO2 laser cutter with a cutting bed of 1000x400mm, capable of cutting wood, plastic, card, paper and fabric, and engraving more materials. Machine Status: Working

Primula 3D printer

The Primula 3D printer is a modified open source iTopie design with a diamond head triple mixing extruder for providing full-colour FDM printing. Machine Status: Needs Z axis calibration

Treffe 3D printer

The Treffe 3D printer is a Makerbot X2. Machine Status: Working

Baobab 3D printer

Baobab 3D printer The Baobab 3D printer is a giant custom designed 3D Printer designed and built here at Pangloss Labs. Machine Status: Working

Designjet Printer

HP Designjet 5500 Printer The HP Designjet printer is suitable for printing posters, roll-ups and other creative things. Machine Status: Working

Saxifrage Mini CNC

The Saxifrage 3 axis Mini CNC machine is a small, solid 1610 CNC using GRBL firmware and OpenCNCPilot control software.  It is specifically for milling prototype PCBs. Machine Status: Working

Comfrey CNC

The Comfrey 3 axis CNC machine is a robust, solid Badog X2 CNC using Mach3 control software. Machine Status: Working

Pico-2 DLP 3D Printer

The Pico-2 DLP 3D printer is a resin-based 3D printer using light to print. Machine Status: Working

Oak CNC

The Oak 3 axis CNC machine is an open source Openbuilds OX CNC using a smoothieboard as it’s control system. Machine Status: Working

Forget-me-not 3D printer

The Forget-me-not 3D printer is a robust, solid Printrbot Simple Metal with heated bed, extended X axis and an Octoprint-based Raspberry Pi controller. Machine Status: Working

Vinyl Cutter

Vinyl Cutter The Roland GS-24 Vinyl Cutter is a desktop cutting machine able to cut vinyl, card and paper, precisely. Machine Status: Working

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Custom puzzle for Crowdfunding campaign

You are looking goodies or products to package your crowdfunding campaign…Panglosslabs can do it for you. This is the story of a book creation for young children. It’s describe the lemur life and the ecosystem protection that are need this animals to survive. This example is demonstrating :  how to design and to produce a custom puzzle at […]

Salmanazar Light

Presentation of the creation: “Salmanazar Light” is both a decorative lamp and a stand for 35 champagne flutes. “Salmanazar Light” transforms the set of champagne flutes into a luminous and harmonious work of art. This creation dynamically changes its appearance and gives an everchanging ambience with lighting effects coming through the champagne flutes.  As each […]

Violin 3D HOVALIN vs Pangloss

Presentation The Hovalin violin is a 3D printable violin. This three-section acoustic violin has been enhanced to provide better sound and a higher volume than the previous version. Close collaboration was established between the members of PanglossLabs, "Fablab" installed at the Marmousets, and Johnny Zefferini and Martine De Boisjolly, violin teachers. A first (red) prototype [...]

Manufacturing for Colucci Design’s light

Introduction of the work Pentagon lamps by Claudio Colucci Set of 9 lamps based on the replication of openwork aluminum pentagons. Its were positioned in the center of the red carpet at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva for the Geneva Charity Ball 2016. All guests were able to admire every element that light came to [...]

The 3D “Ovoid” Ring

Presentation of the art The ring "Ovoid" is an original creation based on the cut of a fuselage of airliner. It can be set with 3 stones lodged between the two arches. It was made of polymer resin using a 3D printer (DLP).   Designer Guillaume CABRIÉ Production Fablab Pangloss in Ferney-Voltaire with a DLP [...]

The Fab Charter

What is a fab lab?
Fab labs are a global network of local labs, enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication

What’s in a fab lab?
Fab labs share an evolving inventory of core capabilities to make (almost) anything, allowing people and projects to be shared

What does the fab lab network provide?
Operational, educational, technical, financial, and logistical assistance beyond what’s available within one lab

Who can use a fab lab?
Fab labs are available as a community resource, offering open access for individuals as well as scheduled access for programs

What are your responsibilities?
safety: not hurting people or machines
operations: assisting with cleaning, maintaining, and improving the lab
knowledge: contributing to documentation and instruction

Who owns fab lab inventions?
Designs and processes developed in fab labs can be protected and sold however an inventor chooses, but should remain available for individuals to use and learn from

How can businesses use a fab lab?
Commercial activities can be prototyped and incubated in a fab lab, but they must not conflict with other uses, they should grow beyond rather than within the lab, and they are expected to benefit the inventors, labs, and networks that contribute to their success

Useful Fablab Links


Culture & Education Lab

Culture & Education Lab

 

Discovering cultures through language conversation, correcting language mistakes in a friendly manner, improving capacity for everyone to communicate towards larger markets.

Culture & Education Projects

Culture & Education Community

Carmz Rubio-Torset Co-fondateur Pangloss Labs

Currently based in Marseille, Carmz is an English coach and an ESL tutor for all levels and ages as well as a Filipino language tutor (Tagalog & Bisaya), an avid papercrafter and a self-taught portrait artist. She loves organizing language and cultural meetups, papercrafting events and karaoke parties.

Denis Mongin Scientist, experimental physicist, data scientist

I am a experimental physicist and data scientist.

I worked in laser physics and condensed matter labs for some years, and I am currently working as a data scientist in the University hospital of Geneva.

I love designing scientific experiment for teaching or education. I participated in the creation of "t'es sûr", and I develop at pangloss new scientific experiments. I therefore use most of the fablabs tools, play with arduinos and electronics, do some python Qt.

Mélie Genet

I am an HR and business administration specialist, with 15 years of experience working for business consultancies with international reach.

Passionate about the functioning of human beings and systems, I have a huge default: my curiosity is equalled only by my entrepreneurial drive. I have followed three training paths: psychology (specialized in new technologies applied to education and human computer interactions), entrepreneurship (Master HEC entrepreneurship from Grenoble school of business) and human resources (Swiss Advanced Certificate in HR management).

In 2011, I have co-founded a company in the field of HR services outsourcing (recruitment and payroll mostly). Today, I share my time between different projects operating as freelance.

I have a relatively rich associative life, which I strive to foster. I am committing in fields related to company creation support, education and humanitarian projects.

My beliefs regarding the corporate world are clear: I am promoting human-centred management and collective intelligence leveraging.  I am also a fan of the lean startup movement.

I am passionate about reading, writing, music and travels.

I offer my services to project holders and advise them in following fields:

  • Strategic consulting: business canvas, business plan, market survey.
  • HR and finance consulting: talent and key resources acquisition. HR and finance backoffice, process optimization, training, ERP implementation, audit, outsourcing.

I speak French, English and German.

Fernando González Cortés

I am an independent software developer. My main interests are open source, geographical information systems, statistics and artificial intelligence.

As a software developer I care about:

  • What the client tries to achieve and how best software can help.
  • Finding simple solutions that avoid adding complexity to the codebase.
  • Automating tests and other development best practices, so that the software is stable and the development pace does not fall.
  • Studying how project goals and requirements relate to tasks a software team needs to execute on.

Works

You can take a look at my daily activities in my blog.

A list of my personal projects (to be completed!):

  • Border rampage: Work in progress. A map that shows the speeds of the public transport in the border between Geneva and Saint Genis-Pouilly and Ferney Voltaire and allows to browse the last 24 hours of this data.

I have been part of these development teams:

I have done (small) contributions to

I am a founder member of geomati.co

Doris Edwards Permaculture Designer | Business Owner | Lean Startup Fan

I am a Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

I want to enable busy professionals like you, and families and communities, to cultivate urban and rural spaces in the permaculture way, so that you too may enjoy the delight of fresh, tasty, nutricious and healthy home-grown food.

Permaculture is a way of designing an ecosystem that works for the small urban backyard and for the larger rural garden. No need to break your back or become a professional gardener!

If we were to talk in terms of innovation, Permaculture is disrupting agriculture in the way Apple's MP3 player disrupted the music industry!

As a busy entrepreneur, running my own digital transformation services company since 1987, I was struggling with an unruly and needy vegetable garden for many years, almost to the point of giving up.

But then I discovered Permaculture Design, and it was amazing!

After one year already, my garden had transformed into a haven of abundance, providing high yields of nutritious fruit and vegetables, at a fraction of the labour needed before.

During 2015, I have obtained the internationally recognised PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate. Certification which has validated my practical experience.

In a parallel life, I am the founder of the Geneva Lean Startup Group. And back in 2009, I founded SoYouWantAChange.com, a Web Content Boutique.

I am proud to be an early supporter of Pangloss Labs, a radiant Greater Geneva-based online Platform with a mission, and a thriving local community.

Pangloss at Leman Make

We attended the LemanMake Festival in Nyon, to go and meet the hackers, makers in the region and to see how to democratise what can be done with fablab machines. Workshops for kids, impressive demo, conferences, everything was there to discover what the future will look like.LemanMake.Also a great opportunity to meet with our friends from all parts of Switzerland.

Tech at the Geneva Motor Show

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from March 10th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:From the Mobile World Congress we had the LG Flex2 self-healing phone... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjig8CkuenYBut this week is mostly about the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of MarchThe ED Design Torq - Electric Driverless Racing Car - which apparently could have a racing driver inside, but who'd want to without windows? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP5MdxC8iJoBentley EXP10 Speed 6 with 3D printed parts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8v5d9fmkSwThe Quant F and Quant Quantino Nanoflowcell cars have a range of up to 1000km between refills with ionic electrolyte fluid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q05Oc9M9V4oThe EDAG Light Cocoon (for the blinky light fans) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoTIw9SMxOEThe Aston Martin all electric DBX concept https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r53N9cDv1cThe Swiss Rinseed Budii that will hand the steering wheel to you if you feel like driving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GPkw_qdbjcThere is also the completely bonkers Koenigsegg Regera "hybrid" which does 0-400km/h <20 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm8xEapjuQThere are 76 cars at the motor show which emit less than 95g of CO2 per kilometer, and most of them are in productionOh, and this week Apple launched the most personal computer ever designed. This goes on sale in France on April 10th, and in Switzerland "sometime in 2015" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdkSee you next week!

Mobile World Congress (hah!) and Virtual Private Networking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from March 3rd, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:For the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnYtWWDor2sThe Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison site I mentioned is https://www.bestvpn.comJust to be safe, I suggest you use either Paypal or an e-card (one time use card number) from your bank to make the payments to these companies. It's not that they aren't safe, but I've noticed that they come and go over time.Open source routers will allow you to VPN to your own home, but I won't give you a link. If you don't know how to find these, you shouldn't be attempting it. Surf safely!And remember - a VPN is just a pretend (really long) network cable.For details of the next Pangloss events click here.

Internet of Things

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 24th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:The Internet of Things market is expected to be huge, with pretty much all market forecasts in the high billions of dollars. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 100 billion devices connected.The home monitoring (air quality, temperature etc) system I have is from Netatmo My little drone is the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider, available from 1000ordi in Geneva for 135-7 CHF. They also have a range of Connected Objects and speak English (not a lot, but enough!).The lighting system from Philips that's getting towards what I'd likeAnd of course, the build it yourself option with the Arduino Micro from Sparkfun and the FemtoduinoWe held the first Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.   For details of our next events click here.

Flying free like a bird

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 17th, 2015:
Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:If you've ever wanted to fly like a bird you need to catch up with the BIRDLY bird simulator.https://vimeo.com/91069214And the amazing EPFL telescopic contact lense is here. The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don't need to be an expert - just bring an object and tell us how you'd like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

LIFT to Space

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from February 10th, 2015:Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:The totally brain-resetting LIFT Conference web site so you can see what you missed.  The presentation from my workshop on Designing Alternative Currency Systems can be found on the Pangloss Labs site.The BikeCityGuide can be found in the app stores for iOS and Android, or take a look at their web site.  The Geneva map basically goes from the Jura to the Saleve.You'll need to use google translate or the Chrome browser (which has google translate built in) to read the Norwegian findmysheep.com website, but it's worth it to find out how to get those 21st century cowbells.Being more serious, the European Space Agency Technology Transfer program is designed to bring space applications into our daily lives, so if you are a startup company, you'll want to take a look.You know about the awesome Solar Impulse project, but have you heard of Solar Stratos - using solar power to get to the edge of space?  Another local project, as is Swiss Space Systems - who are hiring.The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don't need to be an expert - just bring an object and tell us how you'd like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

Robots!

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 27th, 2015:Here's the usual set of links & videos from the show:Our list of Pangloss Labs events so you won't miss our next robot workshopThe Open Source (hardware and software) Thymio robot from EPFL and it's programming environmenthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTi7DjqlGO8#t=42The NAO robothttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8-SSwKMGnYand the much more serious and large ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27HkxMo6qK0And one of my favourite French open source robot projects, InMoov:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2L4MCFubLsIsaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:
  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Have a good week, and remember that according to the original Terminator movie humanity should have been destroyed by now, so we are definitely not in that future.

Social Innovation talk at Impact Hub Geneva

Paul was asked to speak at Impact Hub Geneva's crowdfunding launch event yesterday.  The round table was about Social Innovation.  With such people in the audience as representatives from the UNHCR and the ICRC he talked about the impact of crowdsourced open source hardware.Projects described included Data Canvas Sense Your City real-time environmental monitoring,  Publiclab - the citizen science portal, the Open Source Beehive project, Local Motors and the awesome E-NABLING the  future project, providing low-cost customised prosthetic limbs all over the world and making people smile.http://youtu.be/KcPjwq9-sDc 

French – English translation on the go & a giant robot suit

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 20th, 2015:Here's the usual set of  links from the show:The Google Translate app for iPhone and iPadThe Google Translate app for AndroidThe Kuratas Giant mech suit from Suidobashi Industries in Kyoto on Amazon for $1millionWhy would you want one of these?  Just watch...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iZ0WuNvHr8

CES Roundup 2015

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 13th, 2015:Here's some links from the show:More information than you ever wanted about CES.A round up of wearable technology from Engadget.How to get and avoid tech neck (hint - lift your phone up).The Belty smart-belt is easier to see than read about.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOwCNWTUAqoand the Sharp freeform display technology, so I can get my hexagonal screens :-)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiDWqFw4UDM
Paper Crafting Projects samples

Crafting Projects for Makers

IlovePangloss Crafting Project

I love Pangloss

I recently acquired a Cricut electronic cutting machine and it has been glorious since then. It has given me the freedom to create crafting projects or to use the images from the Cricut Design Space to practice making different paper or cardboard-based projects. Cutting is one of the techniques that makers like me love to fiddle around with their hands. And with the help of the machine, cutting becomes more precise and less tedious.Cutting has never been this much fun ever! I didn't realize that you could spend a whole day so wrapped up with your crafting projects. To the point that my craft room always ends up really messy with papers, stamps, stickers and all. I even joined a small crafting group to experience how it would be like to craft with fellow enthusiasts. It is really amazing because I learned new techniques from them and I met new friends too.Why Paper crafting?I went on to educate myself with different paper crafting activities and I found out that you can create personalized and embellished cards to give away (or to sell). You can design beautiful scrapbooks. You can even design and create t-shirts (like the one I made below). Furthermore, you can also decorate almost anything at your house, including your walls with your vinyl.
Personalized Pangloss Tshirt - Crafting Project

Personalized Pangloss Tshirt as one of my crafting projects

Crafting projects - boxes

Christmas boxes for give-aways

Paper Crafting Projects samples

Paper Crafting Projects - Cards, 3D cubes, page marker, boxes

Cricut Thank You Card Crafting Project

Thank You Card design by Cricut.com

Future Crafting Projects and Plans With Pangloss Labs, I hope that we could also create our own crafting group who love to catch up, learn and co-work with each other. Then we could plan on joining or initiating Craft Events in our Pays de Gex region. That would be absolutely awesome.So, if you're interested to learn more about how to make this paper or cardboard crafting projects or if you wish to join a crafting session with me, send me an email at carmz@panglosslabs.org. I'd love to know what you already know or show you what the cutting machine can offer you.

MOOC on Methods of Generating Ideas – Iversity

Have you wished that you could easily come up with a new idea that is really great, awesome and at the same time practical? Or just come up with some crazy idea to help save the world? How do great thinkers do that? What techniques do innovators use in idea generation? Would you like to learn how they do that? Then this MOOC is right for you!
Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Dr. Daniel Koch leads the team of 3 presentors in the MOOC on the methods of generating ideas.

Join Dr. Daniel Jeffrey Koch, Dr.-Ing. Dominic Buchholz and Felix Teufel of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as they present and expound the different methods in generating ideas in this Iversity MOOC.  This free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will begin on the 21st of January 2015 at the Iversity website. The course is presented in English. This course aims to explain techniques for the goal and process oriented generation of ideas.  

New Years Resolutions and Fitness Tracking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from January 6th, 2015:A few links from this show:If your new years resolution is to get fit there's no better way than eat less and move more. Technology can't (yet) stop you eating but it can help with the moving, so here are some of the fitness trackers you can get from Fitbit, Withings and Jawbone.Prices start from around 65 CHF. Or you can just use an app for your smartphone like Moves but then you must carry your smartphone all the time. If you put it down it won't track your steps.If you want to hack your life then If This Then That is the site you need. Make the internet work for you doing things that usually only coders can :-)If you want a heads-up on CES there is a useful CES preview at TechRadar. Plenty of wearables.My VOIP provider that lets me have a UK incoming phone number is LocalPhone but there are others, including Skype. As expats living on an international border having multiple incoming phone numbers in different countries can be useful.Here's the Octopus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvvjcQIJnLgand here's the four-finned robot cuttlefish:Next week we'll look at the output from CES.

Christmas Gadgets, the Santa Tracker

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.Here's the show from December 23rd, 2014:A few links from this show:3D Printed cookie cutters can be downloaded from thingiverse or you can design your own.  The best place to try 3D printing is your local hackerspace.Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva has an open evening each Tuesday.Fixme in Lausanne has an open evening each Wednesday.FabLab La Cote in Nyon has it's open evenings on Mondays.The Christmas Shopper Simulator from Game in case your shopping was too easy this yearThe Norad Santa TrackerThe cool magnetic levitation hoverboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSheVhmcYLA and the noisy one that you can make yourself