ZeroAvia and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) have teamed up to explore opportunities to develop the hydrogen required for delivering zero-emission flights and decarbonising ground operations in Canada.
They will conduct a pilot programme which will fuel a demonstrator aircraft and other operations with the deployed hydrogen infrastructure at both the main airport and Villeneuve Airport, targeting the use of hydrogen for the decarbonisation of aircraft operations.
ZeroAvia will leverage its experience in developing and operating its Hydrogen Airport Refuelling Ecosystem (HARE), with the two organisations starting with gaseous hydrogen gas a fuel whilst exploring a shift to liquid hydrogen necessary to support aircraft above 50 seats.
The collaboration expands on the EIA’s sustainability initiatives, including the construction of the world’s largest solar farm at an airport set to start construction in late 2022.
Myron Keehn, VP, Air Service, Business Development, ESG and Stakeholder Relations, EIA said: “We are excited to work with ZeroAvia, a global leader in zero-emission aviation. We believe that hydrogen will be a key technology to decarbonise aviation and airport operations for a net zero future.
“ZeroAvia’s innovations, achievements and shared values made it natural for us to develop a collaboration. Airports can help drive the adoption of hydrogen, thereby reducing emissions and improving air quality across the scope of their operations and beyond.”