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Second aircraft acquired to support US hydrogen-electric certification
© ZeroAvia
Second aircraft acquired to support US hydrogen-electric certification
© ZeroAvia

Second aircraft acquired to support US hydrogen-electric certification

In another step towards zero-emission air travel, ZeroAvia has today (May 6) received its second Dornier 228 aircraft that will be retrofitted with a hybrid hydrogen-electric powertrain and conventional engine.

Delivered to the company’s headquarters in Hollister, California, the aircraft marks the firm’s next stage of the HyFlyer II project, through which ZeroAvia is making hydrogen-powered aircraft a reality in both the US and the UK

Read more: ZeroAvia to convert two Dornier 228 aircraft to hydrogen; $13m secured to boast aircraft developments

The newest Dornier 228 aircraft will now serve as a testbed for working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ahead of the planned certification for ZeroAvia’s ZA600 engine in 2024.

It is believed the 19-seat plane will integrate the same system as was developed in the UK HyFlyer II project and will also be used for ZeroAvia to test new components and integrations.

Val Miftakhov, CEO, and founder of ZeroAvia, “Ultimately, this will help us optimize our zero-emission powertrain design ahead of certification.

“This year we will have two demonstration aircraft flying on two continents powered by our hydrogen-electric powertrains which will further help us secure partner and customer commitments across the worldwide aviation industry.”

Coversion of the aircraft is expected to take three-four months, both the flight testing and demonstration programme are planned to take place upon completion.

During part of the HyFlyer I project, ZeroAvia demonstrated three successful test flight campaigns, which included a fuel cell only cruise flight, with a six-seat aircraft, using 250kW powerplant.

News of ZeroAvia’s second Dornier 228 aircraft comes just one week before H2 View’s aerospace and aviation themed webinar, at which Miftakhov will be discussing all things ZeroAvia and hydrogen. Sign up here.

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.


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