Over the past few years the cars using as fuel something other than petrol, have become the norm and are perceived as something ordinary. But with other types of transport it’s not so simple. The most “conservative” in this issue is by air, but in this area of development are conducted regularly. For example, right now in the UK vengeance began preparations for tests of the first made in England, passenger aircraft on hydrogen fuel.
Why a plane running on hydrogen fuel?
To date, Europe has several programs, the purpose of which is the creation of environmentally friendly transport. Moreover, one of the most promising is the creation of transport for civil aviation: airplanes and helicopters. And if “environmentally friendly” electric vehicle is debatable, because to generate electricity you need (albeit on a smaller scale) to harm the environment in the production process of energy, that hydrogen fuel is a really clean source of energy, because the only by-product from the hydrogen cells is water.
Under this programme, the Ministry of transport of great Britain has allocated funding in the amount of 2.7 million pounds (about 3.3 million U.S. dollars) for the project HyFlyer, which will be tested six-passenger aircraft that runs exclusively on hydrogen fuel. For the development of a new environmentally friendly type of transport meet the American company ZeroAvia and the British Cranfield University. The first already has to its credit something like this: not long ago, specialists ZeroAvia already tested the hydrogen propulsion system on the aircraft Piper PA-46.
Our goal is to show that the aircraft with zero emissions running on hydrogen, could play a key role in the transport strategies of the UK and other countries — representatives ZeroAvia. It has long been proven as the battery allows to reduce the emissions from aircraft and other vehicles. A new project makes us one step closer to reduce these emissions to zero, and thereby improve the ecological situation in the world.
Returning to the project HyFlyer, I want to add that on the basis of existing developments it is planned to conduct a number of tests that will pave the way for the creation of a full six-seater aircraft for air. According to the company, the exact date of the test flight has not yet been determined, but it must happen “in the next year and a half.” During the tests, the hydrogen aircraft will have to fly in a length of about 460-560 km. This distance is roughly equivalent to the distance from London to Edinburgh. The tests will be carried out on the Scottish Orkney Islands.
The staff ZeroAvia and the British Cranfield University to stay and do not plan to 2022 are going to present to the public and to start the supply of hydrogen to the propulsion system, destined for passenger aircraftthat can accommodate up to 20 passengers.