For sustainable society


Hydrogen can also be an important power source

It was a historic moment that Britain, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, declared its graduation from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. On June 12, 2019, the UK Government set a goal of “zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Various industries are working to achieve that goal and keep the global average temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In particular, aircraft manufacturers with high carbon dioxide emissions are developing next-generation aircraft one after another. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has successfully flown a small prototype of the V-shaped aircraft “Flying-V”, and Airbus aims to commercialize a hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035. The aviation industry has begun to take seriously reducing greenhouse gases.

And Zero Avia, an alternative fuel innovation company, successfully flew the world’s first hydrogen-fueled airliner. According to the announcement, a 20-minute test flight was successful at the company’s research facility in Cranfield, England. For the test flight, a modified 6-seater private jet “Piper M350” was used. The company also aims to fly 250 miles by the end of this year, with hopes for commercialization on popular short-haul routes such as Los Angeles-San Francisco and London-Edinburgh.

Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia, commented on the successful flight of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell. “Hydrogen fuel cell-powered flights on experimental aircraft show the potential for zero-emission flights at typical aircraft sizes.”

“7 years 102 days 16 hours 42 minutes 16 seconds until the earth became irreparable due to climate change.” The word on a giant digital clock at Union Square in Manhattan, New York City became a hot topic. Many people are surprised that they really don’t have time. The announcement by Zero Avia is exciting. However, corporate efforts alone are not enough. It’s time for each of us to do what we can.

Photo: ZeroAvia

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