Target True Zero is an ambitious program that will explore new ways to design, build and operate airplanes in ways that do not need fossil fuels—in other words. It aims for complete decarburization of airliner transportation by 2050. Considering that “greenhouse gases” are increasing due to the energy demand of flying, the approach is necessary for reducing its adverse effects on the environment (Techcrunch).
The initiative by ZeroAvia includes the development of systems like inductive charging, regenerative fuels, solar cells, etc. Commercializing these products will bring significant environmental benefits as airplane fuel combustion generates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions which contribute directly to global warming.
According to a NASA report, around 2.7 million flights were the source of about 8 billion tons of CO2 emissions in 2014. The initiative will help by developing new technologies and concepts for improving the situation. The project has launched an international collaboration called Target True Zero with eight partners from Europe, the USA, and Australia. ZeroAvia will lead the team. In 2013, Airbus Group announced that they would reduce their operational carbon dioxide footprint by more than 75% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
In 2016, the ZeroAvia aviation company also promised to cut down any potential harmful effects on the environment due to its operations by engaging in various practices like sustainable mobility. And they have achieved it with a huge success. But it did not ignore the air transport industry responsible for around 2% of global greenhouse gases in 2006. Several companies such as ZeroAvia are trying to reduce emissions in the aviation sector and increasing focus on sustainable energy production. While we see growing interest in ‘greener flying,’ the air transport industry has been slow to adopt stringent environmental targets. This is not because it is unaware of its environmental impact but of the many challenges that need to be faced if significant progress towards more sustainable aircraft operations.
Recently, ZeroAvia made a far reaching announcement for the future of the company. Together with Octopus Energy Group’s newly established hydrogen arm, Octopus Hydrogen, the two companies have created a partnership with each other. This powerful decision will create a positive outcome for the two businesses Octopus Hydrogen and the airline as well. With Octopus Hydrogen providing 100% green hydrogen to ZeroAvia’s R&D center in Kemble, the company will have full support for their testing, certifications and commercial operations of its innovative zero emission technology. In the same vein, ZeroAvia will also supplement its own electrolysis hydrogen production with this extra support in order to power its HyFlyer II project.
Backed By The Government
This new project is backed up by the UK Government. Its goal is simple: The development of a certifiable 600k W hydrogen-electric fuel cell powertrain. Not just any powertrain, however, but one with the ability to power a 19-seat aircraft with a 500 nautical mile range. In short, this project at ZeroAvia is nothing to sneeze at. However, it’s also a very complex problem to solve. It’s because of this that ZeroAvia plans to release this powerful new technology by 2024 – quite a long way into the future. Octopus Hydrogen, however, will also be providing over 250 kilograms of hydrogen per day into ZeroAvia’s mobile refueling unit.
The Future Of Aviation Is Green
Even the UK Government understands that aviation is a key component in the future when it comes to green hydrogen. Likewise, ZeroAvia and their partners in the HyFlyer project have also recognized this golden opportunity. Due to the company’s vast experience as a leader in zero-emission aviation, there are high hopes when it comes to the company’s future. This is thanks to the company being one of only a few to recognize the practicality of decarbonising flight at scale through Hydrogen-electric aviation.
Read more on ZeroAvia aviation technology company at https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/16/zeroavias-hydrogen-powered-vision-for-aviation-nets-21-4-million-from-amazon-shell-and-bill-gates-backed-fund/