It appears that Zeroavia, the leading company in the zero-emission aviation sector, will soon commence construction of its hydrogen-powered aircraft. All this thanks to the addition of new financial backers who have shown interest in the project.
One of them was the Breakthrough Energy Ventures company, owned by Bill Gates, who was part of the Series A funding round organized by Zeroavia.
Along with this were also the Climate Pledge Fund, from Amazon, who together contributed a total of 21.4 million dollars to the cause of Zeroavia, to which was also added the investment made by the United Kingdom government with 16.6 million dollars, as reported and Bloomberg.
In addition to fulfilling the purpose of improving its fuel systems, Zeroavia intends to make possible the development of a 19-seat airliner that uses hydrogen electric motors as a means of propulsion.
While this may represent a sea change from the standard in today’s aviation industry, developing a fuel cell is not an impossible task. Zeroavia had already carried out a successful test flight in September. It is expected that by 2023 Zeroavia will be able to commercialize these fuel cells to other airlines, but while this time comes the company will continue to carry out these improvements to make them more powerful. In the sector there is also Piper M, the world’s largest hydrogen-powered aircraft, made its first flight.
The truth is that it will be many years before hydrogen planes can completely displace fuel planes. And it is that during the test flight in September Zeroavia could only perform an air loop around an airport so that the company does not yet intend to reach a flight range of a thousand miles until 2030.
Zeroavia remains optimistic about the improvements that hydrogen fuel could bring to the world as it continues to be optimized and can replace carbon whose emissions to the atmosphere in 2019 exceeded one billion tons. That is why the energy of hydrogen could be very useful to reverse this damage.