Zero Emissions Hydrogen Plane Test Gets Over £2M in Government Funding

By Shabana Arif on at

The HyFlyer project based in Orkney is setting out to make zero emission flights a reality.

ZeroAvia is heading up the project that will see electric motors, hydrogen fuel cells and gas storage replace conventional powertrain technology, and the company has already carried out tests in the US. The latest test will see the Piper M-class six-seater aircraft carry out a 250-300 nautical mile (NM) demonstration flight from an Orkey airfield, which will be fuelled with green hydrogen from EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre).

The project has received a government grant of £2.7m which has been matched by Project HyFlyer, making for a total of over over £5m in funding.

“The substantial backing provided by the UK Government underlines the potential that hydrogen holds as a fuel source for commercial aviation and provides significant validation of ZeroAvia’s approach to zero emission flight," said Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia. "Our project goal of 300 NM is equivalent to the distance from London to Edinburgh and will prove that zero emission aviation, powered by hydrogen, can play a key role within the UK and other countries’ transport strategies – enabling net zero targets to be met and improving productivity and regional prosperity."

Richard Ainsworth, hydrogen project specialist at EMEC Hydrogen, said that "Hydrogen has the potential to help meet our emission commitments where electrons and batteries can’t."

According to the Air Transport Group, 12 per cent of transport-related CO2 emissions is from aviation, and it's growing. The project is a step in forward in chipping away at that figure using alternative technology. [EMEC]