A new duo is joining the hydrogen-powered flight revolution – and they have ambitious plans to take to the skies in 2025.
German start-up H2FLY on Tuesday (July 6) said it had joined forces with Deutsche Aircraft for the venture will see a Dornier 328 aircraft converted to run on hydrogen.
To achieve the above, the companies will equip the demonstrator aircraft with a 1.5MW hydrogen system, to make what they believe to be the most powerful hydrogen-electric-powered aircraft to date.
Solidifying such efforts, the duo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on research and development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology to power the aircraft.
The programme is expected to validate the potential for hydrogen to deliver climate neutral regional air travel with up to 40 seats, while demonstrating Germany’s role in the field.
On the effort, Prof. Dr. Josef Kallo, Co-Founder and CEO, H2FLY, said, “Flying provides an incredibly important opportunity for humankind, but today that opportunity comes at a significant cost to our planet.
“Hydrogen fuel cell technology provides an opportunity for us to completely eliminate carbon and NOx emissions from regional flights and the technology to make that happen is closer than most people think.
“Over the last 16 years we have worked hard to demonstrate our technology on smaller aircraft, completing record breaking flights based six powertrain generations. Today we’re pleased to be taking that to the next level with Deutsche Aircraft as we scale our efforts up to regional aircraft.”
Martin Nüßeler, CTO at Deutsche Aircraft, added, “Deutsche Aircraft is convinced that the higher propulsive efficiency of propeller powered aircraft will drive the change in propulsion technology and will result in reducing fuel consumption and emissions even further in the future. Combining modern propeller aircraft design with zero carbon energy sources is central to achieving climate-neutral air transportation.
“We are looking forward to partner with companies that do not only share our passion for the environment, but also have the technical expertise to ensure that climate-optimised aviation stays safe and reliable, we are convinced the partnership with H2FLY will move us forward on the path to applying hydrogen fuel cells in larger aircraft.”