Hydrogen plane in the sky
The six-seat Piper M-Class took off from Cranfield Airport, which is also the site of ZeroAvias research and development facilities, and hydrogen fuel cells generate electricity to power a battery and engine by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, provided by the air, through a chemical reaction.
Perhaps the only waste product resulting from this process is water, unlike conventional aviation, which mainly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Previous research found that aviation is responsible for about 3.5% of humanity’s contribution to climate change.
“It’s hard to say in words what this means for our team, but also for all those interested in a zero-emissions flight,” said ZeroAvia CEO Val Muftakhov.
And while some experimental aircraft have flown using hydrogen fuel cells as an energy source, the size of this commercially available aircraft shows that paying passengers may be on an emissions-free flight really very soon.
Perhaps the unique aspect of the ZeroAvia Journey is that the Piper M-class is commercially available, while others are not yet available.
Hydrogen energy is emerging as one of the most promising avenues for the transportation industry as the world tries to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.