Hydrogen Fuel, Hyzon Motors

ZeroAvia Chooses Hyzon Motors For Their High Power Density Fuel Cell Development

ZeroAvia is focused on developing a commercially viable ultra-light aircraft. At speeds of up to 500 miles per hour, the aircraft utilizes hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity, which powers a liquid-cooled jet engine. This aviation company will be the first to certify an aircraft for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration organization´s hybrid electric single engine rules. To achieve certification, ZeroAvia needs a safe, quiet and reliable engine that can operate on hydrogen fuel cells. ZeroAvia conducted a full-scale fuel cell qualification in 2016. 

Its fuel cell prototype enabled flight tests up to 500 miles away from the nearest hydrogen station. It has since been used to demonstrate high-performance flight at higher altitudes and to demonstrate for use in its hydrogen-electric aircraft program, which focuses on hydrogen-electric solutions in partnership with ZeroAvia. Hyzon’s HyDrive3 high-performance, lightweight fuel cell is an ideal solution for zero emission aircraft applications. The fuel cell emits nothing but water, the only emissions that matter for zero emissions flights. This fuel cell is rapidly reducing in size and weight and is available in a range of sizes and densities to support all current and future aircraft models, such as the Airbus A220.


In the past decade, it has proven the viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the aerospace industry by flight testing both piston engine and turbine powered aircraft. Since the company’s inception, ZeroAvia aviation company has played a key role in developing the hydrogen economy, advancing hydrogen fuel cell technology through a global hydrogen initiative. Hydrogen is a clean, renewable energy source that provides the flexibility to power the evolving transportation industry of the future. Fuel cells are a clean, emission-free power source for aircraft (Reuters). 

At ZeroAvia, the adoption of fuel cell technology will be necessary to meet the demands of many global markets, including the United States of America. The Hyzon high-performance lightweight fuel cell will be evaluated for its hydrogen fuel cell technology. It has selected the fuel cell over a competing battery based solution due to its higher performance and cost effectiveness at ZeroAvia company. This next generation fuel cell was designed in partnership with California based Hydrogenics and holds a number of world records in the industry, including the lowest thermal conductivity of any fuel cell at less than 0.0013 W/m^2 at 700 degrees Celsius, the highest power density of any fuel cell at 900 watts/kg at 450 degrees Celsius, the highest performance for an LFC based on per kilogram energy delivered.