Plug Power and Universal Hydrogen partner on hydrogen-powered aviation

In an effort to make hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality, Plug Power has teamed up with fuel logistics company Universal Hydrogen to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-based propulsion system designed to power commercial regional aircraft.

Part of Plug Power’s strategy to bring its proven hydrogen ProGen fuel cell technology to new markets, the partnership aims to certify and fly the world’s first two-megawatt hydrogen-electric aircraft powertrain.

The carbon-free propulsion system will incorporate a lightweight Plug Power ProGen-based hydrogen fuel cell stack designed for aerospace applications and Universal Hydrogen’s modular hydrogen distribution and fuel cell delivery system.

In a statement, the companies said that the technology will enable a converted mid-sized regional turboprop aircraft to fly missions up to 1,000km, which currently serves over 90% of existing routes.

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