Orkney to trail hydrogen in sustainable aviation programme

Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has embarked on a £3.7m project to develop a sustainable aviation programme, through which it will explore hydrogen, electric or sustainable aviation fuels to replace conventional fossil fuels.

Part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the SATE (Sustainable Aviation Test Environment) project will create the UK’s first operationally based, low-carbon aviation test centre at HIAL’s Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands.

Running for 18-months, the project brings together a consortium of aviation industry specialists, including Ampaire, ZeroAvia, Loganair, Windracers and Flarebright who will each trial a host of new transport option.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Denchi Group, Orkney-based Cloudnet, Air Service Training, University of the Highlands and Islands, The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and Orkney Islands Council complete the partnership.

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