DLR, MTU Aero En­gines study fu­el cell propul­sion sys­tem for avi­a­tion

The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and MTU Aero Engines are jointly developing a fuel cell propulsion system for the aviation industry.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding, signed on Wednesday (5th August), the two partners plan to equip a Dornier 228 (Do228) aircraft with a hydrogen-powered fuel cell and an electrical, single-sided propeller engine with over 500kw shaft output, and flight test it over the coming years.

The aim of the joint technology project is to develop a complete drive train suitable for aviation.

The partners are aiming for the maiden flight of the Do228 demonstrator to take place in 2026.

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