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PowerCell technology to power hydrogen flights

PowerCell technology to power hydrogen flights

Fuel cell stacks, systems and engineering services from PowerCell Sweden will help power emissions-free 19-seat hydrogen-electric commercial aircraft.

The company on Wednesday (July 7) said it had received the order, worth MSEK 10.9, ($1.2m) for the equipment from ZeroAvia which is working on the UK HighFlyer 2 project.

Related to the development of the aircraft, the order is scheduled for delivery over a one-year period.

Commenting on the news, Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell, said, “From a sustainability perspective, the significance of this cooperation can hardly be overstated because it involves resolving one of the largest environmental challenges in the area of transport – how aviation can become more sustainable.

“But the aviation industry also has unique requirements for both stability and performance, and the fact that we as a company are competitive in such a demanding segment is clear confirmation of our technological position, our expertise and our commercial offering.”

In September last year, ZeroAvia conducted the world’s first hydrogen-electric flight of a commercial airplane, in which a PowerCell MS-100 fuel cell system played a crucial part.

Earlier this year, PowerCell Sweden received a further two orders for fuel cell systems from ZeroAvia.

Commenting on its hydrogen-fuelled flight mission, Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, said, “Hydrogen is the only viable option for large scale zero emission aircraft, due to three times higher specific energy content compared to jet fuel, and over 100 times higher than the best batteries today.

“Hydrogen fuel cells are the most efficient way to convert that energy into propulsion, twice as efficient as burning it in any small turbine. We are happy to extend our collaboration with Powercell to bring the world closer to the future of aviation.”

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