ZeroAvia, a developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, has announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PowerCell Sweden AB, a hydrogen fuel cell stack manufacturer, that will see joint development and series deliveries of at least 5,000 Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks for aviation. The announcement was made as the Farnborough International Airshow gets underway in the UK.
PowerCell also intends to establish a UK presence for the first time, building a production team alongside ZeroAvia’s facilities.
The parties expect to reach a final agreement in the third quarter 2022.
PowerCell intends to assemble the modified stacks for incorporation into ZeroAvia’s prototype, and later certified, powertrains.
ZeroAvia plans to power 9-19 seat commercial aircraft up to 300 nautical miles using its ZA600 powertrains by 2024.
Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia Founder & CEO, says: “This MoU further cements ZeroAvia’s lead in the race to deliver true zero-emission engines for commercial flights. By co-locating this operation we can ensure the full collaboration of both talented teams in tailoring hydrogen fuel cell stacks for aviation. This will result in delivery of systems with the required power to enable electric aviation to achieve range and payload that are highly attractive to operators and airframe OEMs, while eliminating emissions.”
Richard Berkling, CEO, PowerCell Sweden AB, adds: “Working with ZeroAvia has been a core plank of our entry into the clean aviation market, which is a very large future market for fuel cell technology. We are delighted to further formalize that partnership and to establish our first UK development presence, given our opportunities here across multiple sectors.”
ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting a 300-mile range in 9-19 seat aircraft by 2024, and up to 1000-mile range in 40-80 seat aircraft by 2026.
Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its two-prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA.