Two major news reports are coming out of hydrogen-electric airplane manufacturer, ZeroAvia this morning. The company announced a £12.3m grant ($16.3m) from the UK Government and $21.4M in additional funding.
ZeroAvia is a non-emission aeronautical group focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions for a variety of industries, initially targeting a 500-mile portfolio for 10-20 passenger commercial passenger, packaging, agriculture and more. ZeroAvia, based in London and California, has already obtained experimental certificates for its two aircraft prototype, passed major flight test milestones such as its first hydrogen electric flight world effective in September 2020 and is monitoring commercial activity in 2023.
A certified hydrogen-electric powertrain that can power airframes with up to 19 passagers will be built by ZeroAvia on behalf of the United Kingdom Government's HyFlyers project II grant. In order to do so the European Marine Energy Center and Aeristech will be partnering with two partners. The HyFlyer II project will conclude its 19-seater aircraft with a 350-meile flight in early 2023 with a further world's first hydrogen-electric flight from ZeroAvia.
“We are delighted with the ATI’s decision to back our 19-seat powertrain development programme," said ZeroAvia CEO Val Miftakhov, "This project is instrumental for delivering a market-ready hydrogen powered solution for 2023 that makes passenger-ready zero carbon aviation a reality. It once again demonstrates the ‘Jet Zero’ ambition of the UK Government to take a leading role in making flight sustainable and we are proud that they have put their faith in us again to deliver another milestone for hydrogen-electric aviation.”
The goal of the HyFlyer project is to decarbonize SMP aircraft. The technology will be seen to replace traditional piston motors on propeller aircraft. ZeroAvia, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Smart Energy and Smart Energie partners are leading the project.