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The world’s largest hydrogen-electric aircraft completes a ten-minute test flight in the UK – small tech news



News from IT House on January 24, ZeroAvia recently took a test flight in the UKThe world’s largest hydrogen-electric aircrafta step closer to sustainable aviation fuel flight.

The nineteen-seat twin-engine Dornier 228 aircraft is equipped with a hydrogen-electric power prototype system,A ten-minute flight was completed in the test. Its powertrain is fueled by “compressed gaseous hydrogen generated with an on-site electrolyser,” and the test configuration includes two fuel cell stacks and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It can be seen from the picture that because it is a test flight, the batteries are placed inside the cabin,On actual commercial flights they are removed from the cabin to make room for the seats. In addition, a Honeywell TPE-331 engine is located on the right side of the wing to provide additional power for takeoff and when redundancy is required for critical functions.

IT Home learned that ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric aircraft is part of the HyFlyer II research and development program sponsored by the British government, whose goal is to make small passenger aircraft more environmentally friendly. According to ZeroAvia’s vision,They will complete technical verification this year and then open commercial flights by 2025.

The company is also preparing a 2-5 MW power system, which will be used on aircraft with less than 90 seats, with the goal of expanding to narrow-body aircraft in the next decade. It is worth mentioning that Amazon has invested in ZeroAvia.

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