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Thursday, 20 Aug 2020

Hydrogen-fuelled Piper Malibu makes first flight in UK

ZeroAvia is developing a new hydrogen fuel cell system that offers zero emissions and has a better energy-to-weight ratio than an electric aircraft powered by batteries.

The aim is to make the power train viable at a much larger scale for commercial operations. The company aims to have twenty-seat aircraft certificated within three years, and one-hundred-seat aircraft flying by the end of the decade.

At the moment, ZeroAvia has already completed a full set of ground-based full-power flight simulations for its long-distance hydrogen flights.

“Today’s flight is the latest in a series of milestones that moves the possibility of zero emission flight closer to reality,” said Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia founder and CEO.

“We all want the aviation industry to move to a net zero future, with a green recovery [after the pandemic]. That will not be possible without realistic, commercial options for zero emission flight, something we will bring to market as early as 2023.”

The programme is part of the UK Government-backed Project HyFlyer.

Funded through Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Project HyFlyer aims to decarbonise medium-range small passenger aircraft by demonstrating new powertrain technologies that replace conventional engines.

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Fri 21 Aug
Alexander Hart This is fantastic to read. As a novice pilot, entering a world of leaded avgas and engines last changed in the 70s has always been a low point for me. Strides into diesel, electric, and hydrogen GA brings me so much excitement. Can't wait to see more!
Fri 21 Aug
Jeff Hermans fantastic to hear this, and the fact that the technology can and will evolve so quickly gives hope for all aviation.
Fri 21 Aug
Ross McMillan Capt Ross McMillan . Great to read about this. Real UK innovation which will be a game changer. 1900 photos of London showed horse drawn vehicles and buses......15 years later same scenes changed to petrol cars. This will be the same. . Keep this in UK.
Fri 21 Aug
JOHN BAILEY About time someone concentrated on hydrogen fuel cells. So much more viable than costly eco unfriendly waste batteries from the electric consortiums. Same for cars trucks planes a much better way forward. And much less dead weight to carry around.
Fri 21 Aug
Stuart Nelson Hydrogen is the number 1 element and it’s great to see the power being harnessed. Of course it’s extremely volatile too and I’d be interested to know more about the challenges/risks involved.
Fri 21 Aug
Martin WINLOW Oh, dear. Here we go again. Sorry to bust everyone's bubble but this is simply never going to happen. The complexities and costs involved will ensure that battery technology will easily win the race against H2FCs. See planetforlife.com/h2/index.
Fri 21 Aug
Dominic Haughton Before everyone gets too excited about zero-emissions flight, ask where the hydrogen comes from. If it is from electrolysis of water using renewable electricity great, if from steam methane reforming, not great.
Fri 21 Aug
Andrew Munday The aircraft was not powered by hydrogen, it was battery electric, before we get too excited. I do think hydrogen has great potential as a zero emission fuel for aerospace, using renewable energy to create it, and so I hope zeroavia achieve their goal.
Fri 21 Aug
Chris Hopkins Looking at their website it seems like it used Hydrogen Fuel cell technology to produce electricity and so it was hydrogen powered. Sounds really promising.
Sun 23 Aug
Robin Calvert Hydrogen needs a disproportionate amount of weight to contain it. If Compressed hydrogen is being carried in the aircraft I don’t see how this could work for light aviation but as a novel use and to grab some publicity its worked.
Mon 24 Aug
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Wed 26 Aug
Charles Martin Sinclair Hydrogen Fuel Cells are comparatively light and give good ‘stored energy’ capacity . As with ground based motor transport there will be a place for short endurance systems (Lith batteries) and longer range aircraft (HFC)
Mon 7 Sep
Robin Calvert If anyone has 15 mins and wants to learn more.. These vids are really good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peoO8-_o6NM
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