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Hydrogen electric powertrain for aviation

A zero-emission hydrogen-electric propulsion retrofitting solution for aviation

May 2020
Gallery Hydrogen electric powertrain for aviation 1
Gallery Hydrogen electric powertrain for aviation 1


This solution provides the world's first practical, zero-emission aviation powertrain powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system and associated with proprietary software/controls, which can be installed on both existing and new aircraft.

Aviation accounts for 2% of global CO2 emission today, particularity harmful at high altitudes, and is expected to increase by 2-4x in the coming years. Airlines and governments are under high pressure to decarbonise this sector, with many actors making "net-zero" commitments by 2040-2050 such as IAG, Qantas etc. To address the lack of feasible and economically viable solutions available, ZeroAvia provides an integrated and powerful solution for the aviation industry. Through strategic partnerships, this solution combines best-in-class 3rd party components such as electric motor, inverter, H2 fuel cells and hydrogen tank with their disruptive technology. The powertrain can be retrofitted to existing, already certified airframes, significantly lowering certification hurdles. In addition, ZeroAvia aims at sourcing green hydrogen produced by electrolysis directly on-site through partnerships to significantly lower fuel costs for airlines.

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Label Date May 25, 2020
From United States
Maturity stage Prototype testing in the real world
Looking For Visibility; Funding opportunities; Partnership opportunities

Implementation Stories

Hydrogen electric powertrain for aviation by ZeroAvia
Implemented by Royal Schiphol Group in Rotterdam  (Netherlands) in 2021

ZeroAvia, Royal Schiphol Group, Rotterdam the Hague Innovation Airport and Rotterdam the Hague Airport have partnered to implement the first zero-emission commercial passenger flight between Rotterdam The Hague Airport and London with 19 seater aircraft in 2024. This collaboration is making zero emissions flight a reality for passengers in the first half of this decade! The aircraft, currently in development by ZeroAvia, will fly entirely on Hydrogen. Zero Avia has focused its R&D on developing a hydrogen-electric powertrain - using hydrogen fuel cells to power electric motors - as a viable way to tackle aviation’s climate change impacts at scale.


In December 2020 British Airways announced a partnership with Zeroavia to explore “the transformational possibilities of moving from fossil fuels to zero-emission hydrogen to power the airline’s future fleet”.


The environmental benefits

  • Estimates savings up to 115 Mt CO2 by 2033

The Financial benefits

  • Operators can benefit from 50-60% lower O&M costs driven by lower fuel and maintenance costs

Activity Region

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United Kingdom,

North america

United States,

  • Headquarters
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Company Profile


ZeroAvia is building the world's first practical zero emission aviation powertrain, using electric propulsion powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system.

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Headquarters Hollister, CA 95023, USA
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