UK startup flies ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen-electric plane

A 19-seater plane powered by a hydrogen-electric engine took to the skies above Gloucestershire

Big Zero Report 2023

UK’s jet zero took off yesterday with the first flight of what is described as the world’s largest plane powered by a hydrogen-electric engine.

The technology developed by ZeroAvia was demonstrated during a flight of its 19-seat Dornier 228 testbed aircraft that took place from the company’s R&D facility at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire.

The ten-minute flight forms part of the HyFlyer II project, a major R&D programme backed by the government’s ATI programme, which aims to develop a 600kW powertrain to support 9-19 seat aircraft worldwide with zero-emission flight.

Business Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today’s flight is a hugely exciting vision of the future – guilt-free flying and a big step forward for zero-emission air travel.

“It also demonstrates how government funding for projects like these is translating into net zero growth.”

Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The first flight of our 19-seat aircraft shows just how scalable our technology is and highlights the rapid progress of zero-emission propulsion.

“This is only the beginning – we are building the future of sustainable, zero climate impact aviation.”

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