Founded by former NASA engineer Dr. Anita Sengupta, Hydroplane is minority woman-owned small business with a mission to make aviation emissions free with the team developing a hydrogen fuel cell powerplant, a key technology to decarbonise aviation.

Hydroplane is also a winner of two US Air Force Agility Prime contracts to develop the novel technology for a range of government and commercial aviation applications.

The company’s 20kW modular solution is designed to replace existing combustion powerplants in today’s existing single engine and urban air mobility platforms, while simultaneously delivering a significant improvement in range, endurance, and payload over the battery-powered equivalent.

It could also significantly lower operating costs compared to conventional piston engines.

Dr. Anita Sengupta, CEO of Hydroplane, said, “We are tremendously honoured for this recognition and extraordinary opportunity to share the work Hydroplane is doing toward the ultimate goal of a zero-emissions aviation industry.

“We are honoured to be partnered with the US Air Force Agility Prime program to develop our technology. We believe public partnership in research and development is a vital piece in successfully developing solutions that will best be adopted and accepted by the industry.

“Hydrogen is the most abundant element on Earth and requires government infrastructure support for eventual widespread use.”

Bailey DeVries, Associate Administrator of the SBA’s Office of Investment & Innovation, said, “I look forward to recognising Hydroplane as a shining example of how public-private partnerships through programs such as America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR) enable and nurture the commercialisation of innovative R&D to advance the creation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses.”

North American Hydrogen Summit

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

Our early bird offer tickets are $1,000, for a limited time only. If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.