ZeroAvia, a specialist in hydrogen-electric aviation, has secured £12.3 million ($16.3 million) in government funding to deliver a hydrogen-electric aircraft to the market by 2023.
The UK Government grant for the HyFlyer II project will finance ZeroAvia’s development of a certifiable hydrogen-electric powertrain. The goal is to demonstrate a 19-seat aircraft with a 350-mile flight in early 2023.
ZeroAvia also recently announced £16 million ($21.4 million) in Series A venture funding, as well as a partnership with British Airways.
In September, ZeroAvia successfully demonstrated its fuel cell powertrain in a 6-seat Piper Malibu M350.
ZeroAvia will collaborate with two partners on the HyFlyer II project. The European Marine Energy Centre will deliver the green hydrogen fueling systems required to power the aircraft for flight tests, and eventually a mobile fueling platform suited to airport environments. Aeristech will provide its power-dense and efficient air compressor solution, which will be used as part of the new powertrain.
“This project is instrumental for delivering a market-ready hydrogen powered solution for 2023 that makes passenger-ready zero carbon aviation a reality,” said ZeroAvia CEO Val Miftakhov. “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.”