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

Continuing its trajectory towards zero emission flight, ZeroAvia has today (June 29) unveiled plans to utilise two twin-engine 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft – one in the UK and one in the US – and convert them to hydrogen.

Detailing the new, ZeroAvia said the effort will be part of HyFlyer II, the second ZeroAvia-led project backed by the UK Government to target the development of a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain.

As part of HyFlyer I, ZeroAvia successfully demonstrated a 250kW powerplant in a six-seat aircraft across three flight test campaigns, achieving all the project’s technical goals, including fuel cell only cruise flight.

Commenting on the company’s latest venture, Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO at ZeroAvia, said, “We are eager and ready to begin testing our hydrogen-electric powertrain technology on a larger commercial-size aircraft and grateful to our investors and grant funders for their continued support of our vision for sustainable aviation.

“Various projections indicate that aviation may account for over 25% of human-induced climate effects by 2050. We are on the path to helping reverse that trend, first with our successful six-seater testing and now with the R&D for our 19-seater, and the kick-off of our 50+ seat programme.

“Hydrogen is the only practical solution for true climate-neutral flight, and it will become a commercial reality much sooner than many predict.”

In addition to developing two hydrogen-powered Dornier 228 aircraft, ZeroAvia has also secured an additional $13m for its 50+ seat engine development program from AP Ventures, a significant investor in breakthrough technologies across the hydrogen value chain.

The new funding complements the initial investment of $24m the company announced a few weeks ago, bringing the total private investment into ZeroAvia large engine development for 50+ seat aircraft to $37m.

On the investment, Kevin Eggers, Partner at AP Ventures, said, “We are delighted to welcome ZeroAvia to our existing portfolio of hydrogen related technologies. We have been impressed with the progress that ZeroAvia has made over the last 24 months – technically, operationally and commercially.

“Furthermore, we have become increasingly confident about the significant role for hydrogen in decarbonising aviation. We believe that ZeroAvia will pioneer the development of hydrogen-electric powertrains for the aviation space.”

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“In three years’ time, we are going to have in commercial operation the first aircraft powered by hydrogen-electric engines, and you will be able to buy a ticket to one of your favourite destinations.”

That’s what ZeroAvia founder and CEO Dr. Val Mifthakov told viewers watching the final instalment of H2 View’s three-part series of webinars, powered by gasworld TV, and hosted by H2 View’s Managing Editor Rob Cockerill, today.

Founded in 2017, ZeroAvia is currently developing a new type of engine based on hydrogen fuel cells that aims to transform the highly pollutant aerospace industry into a cleaner sector.

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