Protium secures funding to develop hydrogen infrastructure for aviation activities

Protium Green Solutions has secured a significant grant to determine the optimal methods for safely and commercially producing, storing, and distributing green hydrogen for aviation activities.

Announced today (25th Jan) as part of the UK Government’s Future Flight programme, the grant will help push forward Project HEART as part of the latest Future Flight Challenge in partnership with Blue Bear Systems and ZeroAvia, along with other consortium members.

Throughout the course of the project, the consortium will examine the potential of a hydrogen powered 19-seater, 500-mile range aircraft. Blue Bear will also work with Britten-Norman and Loganair to develop automated flight solutions with the use of ‘digital co-pilots’ and to consider the potential to increase the automation of ground vehicles in the chosen airports.

The project will finish in Q1 2022, with the consortium partners looking to a potential follow-on bid for the Phase III of Future Flight, which would result in the construction and operation of the world’s first operating zero emission 19-seater commercial aircraft, with dedicated green hydrogen infrastructure.

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