Universal Hydrogen and Air Nostrum have joined forces to develop hydrogen-powered turboprops to help reduce aviation’s contribution to global carbon emissions.
Having signed a letter of intent (LOI) on Wednesday (July 15), the duo said that Air Nostrum will purchase 11 of Universal Hydrogen’s turboprop conversion kits for use across its existing and future fleet.
Each of the kits includes a hydrogen fuel cell and electric motor that replaces the aircraft’s existing turboprop engine. They are also compatible with Universal Hydrogen’s modular hydrogen capsule technology that allows for the delivery of hydrogen to any airport without purpose-built infrastructure.
As well as providing its technology to Air Nostrum, the agreement will also see Universal Hydrogen become the company’s long-term green hydrogen service provider.
Commenting on the partnership, Paul Eremenko, Co-Founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen, said, “We are thrilled by this flagship partnership with Air Nostrum to help decarbonise their fleet.
“This bold step puts them in the vanguard of European regional airlines in taking meaningful action to reach true zero emissions.”
The conversion of Air Nostrum’s turboprop fleet to a Universal Hydrogen-powered, zero-carbon configuration would be concluded after an operational evaluation of the design and performance.
Carlos Bertomeu, President and CEO of Air Nostrum, added, “Each day, our airline explores innovative solutions to provide a travel experience with minimal adverse impact on the environment.
“This partnership represents a unique opportunity to advance on the decarbonisation of our flight operations with the practical and cost-effective application of green hydrogen fuel.”
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