Hydrogen Consortium launched to support hydrogen-powered aviation in New Zealand

Airbus, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), Air New Zealand, Hiringa Energy, Fabrum, and Christchurch Airport have all partnered to support the commercial deployment of green hydrogen-powered aircraft in New Zealand.

Under the umbrella dubbed the Hydrogen Consortium, the six international partners launched the initiative at Christchurch Airport to make leaps towards hydrogen-powered take-off.

Over the next six months, the companies will work together to design a hydrogen ecosystem for aviation in New Zealand, with the first research phase expected to be completed by the end of this year (2023).

Additionally, the consortium has said it will develop a vision for hydrogen aviation for the country, examine the hydrogen supply chain and its challenges, assess the local aviation market’s projected hydrogen needs to 2050, and develop a pathway of policies, regulations, and incentives to promote the development of hydrogen aviation.

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