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Commercial hydrogen-electric flights between London and Rotterdam have been planned, with the project’s backers intending to get the planes in the air by 2024. ZeroAvia stated in a statement on Wednesday that it was working on a 19-seater aircraft that would “fly fully on hydrogen.” ZeroAvia and the Royal Schiphol Group, a Rotterdam-based airport operator, have formed cooperation. To work on the concept, The Hague Innovation Airport Foundation, and Rotterdam. The Hague Airport was founded.
The agreement establishes a firm timeframe for the launch of the first zero-emission commercial passenger flights between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and perhaps the world’s first international commercial operation, ZeroAvia stated. Both the corporation and the Royal Schiphol Group were in advanced collaboration negotiations with airlines to settle on an operator for the proposed route, according to the company.
Carbon dioxide emissions from aviation have risen rapidly over the past two decades, according to the International Energy Agency, reaching nearly 1 metric gigaton in 2019. This equates to about 2.8 percent of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion, according to the report. Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions driving global climate change, according to the World Wildlife Fund. It goes on to say that flying is the most carbon-intensive activity a person can engage in.
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ZeroAvia’s research and development is focused on using hydrogen fuel cells to power electric motors. The company’s six-seater hydrogen fuel cell plane had its maiden flight in September 2020. Airbus also revealed specifications of three hydrogen-fueled concept planes in the same month, with the European aerospace company stating that they might be in service by 2035. While some people are excited about the possibility of hydrogen-powered flying, the aviation industry confronts a number of obstacles when it comes to lowering its carbon impact.