First hydrogen flight at Cranfield Image: ZeroAvia

“HyFlyer II” will be a certifiable hydrogen-electric powertrain for aircraft of up to 19-seats

ZeroAvia, whose UK office is in Cranfield, has secured £12.3m in government funding through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme to deliver a 19-seat hydrogen-electric powered aircraft that is market-ready by 2023.

The grant award follows ZeroAvia’s world first flight of a commercial-grade hydrogen-electric aircraft at Cranfield in September. This utilised a smaller version of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in a six-seat Piper Malibu M350.

Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia ceo, said:

“We are delighted with the ATI’s decision to back our 19-seat powertrain development programme. This project is instrumental for delivering a market-ready hydrogen powered solution for 2023 that makes passenger-ready zero carbon aviation a reality.

“It once again demonstrates the ‘Jet Zero’ ambition of the UK Government to take a leading role in making flight sustainable and we are proud that they have put their faith in us again to deliver another milestone for hydrogen-electric aviation.”

The company will showcase its technology in various test flights, including a world-first long-distance zero-emissions demonstration flight of this size and power level in January 2023. The funding will also enable ZeroAvia to enter the formal certification process at the end of the project, so that customers can expect to fly on zero emissions aircraft as early as the end of 2023.

If successful, the UK-based consortium, which includes Aeristech and the European Marine Energy Centre, could help to secure 300 design jobs and 400 manufacturing jobs in Cranfield, Warwick and Orkney.