Cranfield awarded £69m to spearhead hydrogen aviation hub development

Cranfield University has received its largest ever research funding award to develop a hydrogen technology hub at Cranfield airport.

The Cranfield Hydrogen Integration Incubator (CH2i) will receive £23m ($29m) from Research England’s Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and a further £46m ($58m) from industry partners and academic institutions, totalling £69m ($87m).

CH2i is expected to connect production, integration and use of hydrogen for Net Zero aviation and inform policies, services and regulatory practices to advance the hydrogen aviation industry.

By connecting and expanding existing facilities at Cranfield – the only European university with its own airport – the project will support R&D across the whole supply chain, from production, storage, transport and usage to assessment of the environmental impacts. CH2i will also demonstrate where hydrogen can be integrated into ground operations and aircraft propulsion.

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