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Ricardo works with UK consortium to deliver world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services using hydrogen fuel cell technology

  • Date 6 Apr 2021

Demonstrating that sustainable propulsion technology has a clear route to market, the Cranfield Aerospace Solutions led consortium’s technology programme will accelerate the journey to zero-emissions, passenger-carrying service.

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) - the UK SME leading the Project Fresson consortium - announces it will exploit recent advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology to develop a commercially viable, retrofit powertrain solution for the nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander aircraft.

Following a rigorous assessment of hydrogen technology innovators, CAeS is delighted to welcome Ricardo and Innovatus Technologies Ltd to the Fresson consortium. Ricardo brings expertise in fuel cell system development and Innovatus Technologies Ltd brings their innovative Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Tank (SHyFT) technology. Innovatus Technologies Ltd leads the field in next generation ultralightweight hydrogen tank design exploiting patented cellular core composite techniques. This is critical to the successful integration and exploitation of hydrogen fuel cell power systems in applications across aerospace, automotive, industrial, and marine sectors.

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