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ZeroAvia, PowerCell partner to develop aviation optimised fuel cell stacks
© ZeroAvia
ZeroAvia, PowerCell partner to develop aviation optimised fuel cell stacks
© ZeroAvia

ZeroAvia, PowerCell partner to develop aviation optimised fuel cell stacks

Zero-emission aviation innovator, ZeroAvia announced it had signed an agreement with PowerCell, that will see the development and delivery of at least 5,000 aviation-optimised proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), revealed on Monday (July 18) seeks to deliver the fuel cell stack between 2024 and 2028, with a final agreement expected to be reach in the third quarter of 2022.

Under the agreement, the partners will work together on modifying PowerCell’s existing stacks for optimal performance within ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric aviation powertrains.

H2 View understands that PowerCell, under the MoU, also intends to establish a presence in the UK, with a view of building a production team alongside ZeroAvia’s production facilities, coming as a first for the Swedish firm.

The companies have already worked together successfully, with PowerCell having been a key supplier of low temperature PEM (LTPEM) fuel cells as part of ZeroAvia’s efforts to develop a certifiable 600kw hydrogen-electric powertrain, under the UK Government support HyFlyer II project. 

Read more:PowerCell bags SEK 5.4M follow-on order from ZeroAvia following world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft flight

Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, said, “This MoU further cements ZeroAvia’s lead in the race to deliver true zero-emission engines for commercial flights. By co-locating this operation, we can ensure the full collaboration of both talented teams in tailoring hydrogen fuel cell stacks for aviation.

“This will result in delivery of systems with the required power to enable electric aviation to achieve range and payload that are highly attractive to operators and airframe OEMs, while eliminating emissions.”

ZeroAvia plan to power nine, 19-seat commercial aircraft up to 300 nautical miles using its ZA600 powertrains by 2024, with the company having announced it is retrofitting a second Dornier-228 in Hollister, California to conduct further tests in the North American market.

Read more: Second aircraft acquired to support US hydrogen-electric certification

Richard Berkling, CEO of PowerCell Sweden, commented, “Working with ZeroAvia has been a core plank of our entry into the clean aviation market, which is a very large future market for fuel cell technology.

“We are delighted to further formalise that partnership and to establish our first UK development presence, given our opportunities here across multiple sectors.”

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