EMEC awards hydrogen refuelling vehicle contract for HyFlyer project

ZeroAvia’s Piper M-class six-seater aircraft to be used in HyFlyer flight tests (credit ZeroAvia)

December 12 (Renewables Now) - Fuel Cell Systems Limited (FCSL) has won a contract from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to deliver a mobile hydrogen refuelling vehicle for the zero-emission aviation project known as HyFlyer.

FCSL will design, develop and supply a mobile refuelling unit as a solution to supply hydrogen airside and fuel a Piper M-class six-seater aircraft with an integrated hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for test flights in Cranfield and Orkney. The company launched the first ever mobile hydrogen refuelling vehicle in 2016 and has since backed a range of projects.

EMEC Hydrogen, which launched the tender won by FCSL, will supply renewably produced, green hydrogen for the flight tests in Orkney, according to the announcement.

The HyFlyer project is led by hydrogen fuel cell powertrain solutions developer ZeroAvia, which is working with Intelligent Energy to optimise its fuel cell technology for aviation use cases. The objective of HyFlyer is to decarbonise medium range small passenger aircraft.

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