Adding to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the companies last October, MHIRJ will provide engineering services, aircraft integration, and its OEM experience will support the certification of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain.
ZeroAvia is already advanced in plans to certify its ZA600, 600kW for smaller, 10-20 seat aircraft, with entry into serviced planned for 2024. Additionally, the company is working on ZA2000, a 2-5MW modular powertrain, targeting 40-80 seat turboprops by 2026.
Val Miftakhov, CEO and Founder of ZeroAvia, said, “There are hundreds of CRJ Series aircraft in daily operation across North America, transporting millions of passengers.
“All these flights can and should be zero-emission well before the end of this decade. This agreement is a giant step forward in delivering hydrogen-electric engines to the regional jet segment.”
The agreement is the first for MHIRJ’s Aerospace Engineering Centre (AEC) in the hydrogen propulsion field.
Hiro Yamamoto, President, and CEO of MHI RJ Aviation Group, said, “We are very excited about this agreement with ZeroAvia as it furthers two important goals for MHIRJ.
“The first is to continue to grow our AEC business through working with other companies and using our vast engineering expertise to advance this state-of-the art project.
“The second benefit is that we are part of the value chain in bringing innovative sustainable technology into the regional space.”
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?
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.