Hydrogen Stream: Fuel cells for large aircraft near development



In an effort to develop fuel cells for 100-plus-seat aircraft within 24 months, ZeroAvia has revealed record-breaking hydrogen fuel cell performance tests. Meanwhile, Universal Hydrogen and local partners are working together to build hydrogen infrastructure for aviation in Japan, promoting hydrogen infrastructure and mobility.

Universal hydrogen, Sojitz Corporation, Mitsubishi HC Capital, and an undisclosed third Japanese partner teamed up to build a hydrogen infrastructure solution for aviation in Japan. The companies jointly identify, evaluate and approve local hydrogen suppliers and partners for hydrogen production, module filling and delivery, and other activities. “Through this partnership, we will also connect with component manufacturers and suppliers, as well as Japanese government agencies and potential customers,” the companies said.

The first hydrogentogether Ballard Power, launched a first-generation zero-emission light commercial vehicle (LCV) test drive in Basildon, UK. The two I-generation vehicles combine Ballard’s LCS fuel cell stack and First Hydrogen’s proprietary technology. “One of Great Britain’s largest fleet operators will start the test drive process in the near future. A total of 15 major fleet operators have signed up to participate in the UK Aggregated Hydrogen Freight Consortium,” the Canadian company said. The aim of the test is to compare different technologies in several sectors, including grocery, express delivery, utilities and roadside assistance.

Thyssenkrupp nucera and Unigel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the capacity of the green hydrogen plant developed by Unigel in Bahia, Brazil, from 60 MW to 240 MW. Unigel’s plant will be the first industrial-scale green hydrogen plant in Brazil. It is supposed to be delivered at the end of the year. In the first phase, the plant’s production capacity is 10,000 tons/year of green hydrogen and 60,000 tons/year of green ammonia. The memorandum of understanding was signed by the German industrial engineering conglomerate and Brazil’s largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers during the visit of the German Minister of Economy, Robert Habeck.

Orlen Group launched the Czech Republic’s first hydrogen filling station in Prague. The group plans to establish a total of 28 stations in the Czech Republic by 2030 and another 72 between Poland and Slovakia. “The station has two dispensers equipped with specially designed pistol tips that provide 700 bar pressure for cars and 350 bar pressure for larger vehicles,” said the Polish fossil fuel company. The next two stations will be opened in Poland this year.

East Coast Hydrogen (ECH2) has contracted Worley to provide the Front End Engineering Design and Technical Briefing for the East Coast Hydrogen Pipeline (ECHP) project, which will connect 10 GW of hydrogen production from the Humber and Teesside industrial hubs to the gas network.

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