Ms Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, unveiled a hydrogen powered bicycle, designed and developed by students, during the 2nd annual Resource Driven Technology Concept Centre (RECTEZA) conference.The unveiling took place at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg on Thursday, 12 August.

The bicycle is also known as A Hi Fambeni, which means Let’s go.

The bicycle was developed by TUT in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Hydrogen South Africa. This project is a demonstration of a rural transport system. Pierre Terblanche, a world-renowned designer, acted as mentor during the project.

He was sponsored by the DST to work at TUT for a month on the design of the hydrogen bicycle. He had previously won three prizes at the Milan motor bike show.

RECTEZA is a section not-for-profit organisation with the vision to be a leading technology concept centre on clean energy, transport and water. The main aim of RETECZA is technology concept development for poverty alleviation and involves partners globally.

Article by Tshwane University of Technology

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