ZeroAvia’s technology is derived from the first hydrogen-electric airplane that conducted successful flights in California in 1992. Based on the proven technology, ZeroAvia has created a practical commercial jet-powered airplane that can meet the needs of today’s commercial aircraft. By using hydrogen-electric fuel cells instead of fossil fuel combustion, the aircraft produces zero emissions in all phases of flight. ZeroAvia’s engine, mounted on the back of the aircraft, is designed to be mass-produced in a modular manner. The technology will work on the electromagnetic rails of the overhead electrical power.
At ZeroAvia aviation company, we have designed and produced an aircraft powertrain that is an order of magnitude more powerful than current efforts. The powertrain consists of four hybrid or electric engines and two hydrogen tanks. The team at ZeroAvia believes it can produce a 500-mile-range airplane. It has a half-time cost of gasoline fuel of US$0.01/mile while generating a net operating revenue of $70,000/year per seat. ZeroAvia has leveraged proven technologies that can provide a pathway for all aviation industries to provide zero-emissions aircraft, including the powertrain itself, flight control systems, and batteries.
The aircraft itself has been designed to provide high-end safety and performance to support zero-emission air travel. Fuel Cost: the actual cost of fuel is less than 1% of the total cost of a flight. The economics of using hydrogen in the electric motor reduces operating costs by ten times or more compared to traditional combustion engines. The economics of using hydrogen in the electric motor reduces operating costs by ten times or more compared to conventional combustion engines (Techcrunch).
Economics of fuel: today’s aircrafts burn more than 6 tons of fuel per flight. By eliminating aircraft fuel, an electric aircraft could fly thousands of times between several flights per day. By using electricity at ZeroAvia, the fuel cost is reduced to less than 1% of the total cost of the flight. The “vehicle of the future” solves a range of challenges facing airlines today. These include carbon emissions, noise and environmental pollutants, aircraft design and manufacture, and the operating economics of all-electric flight. The world’s aviation industry needs to embrace zero-emission technology and fast. With a 5-year timeline, a hydrogen-powered plane could change the way we fly.