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UK industry partners pioneer critical hydrogen infrastructure with UKRI funding support

Protium, a green hydrogen energy services company, is working together with hydrogen industry leaders to deliver a project that the company says could enable hydrogen-powered aircraft to take off from UK airports sooner than anticipated.

“Project HEART is a collaborative R&D project part funded by the UK Research & Innovation Future Flight Challenge.   It is facilitating end-to-end hydrogen infrastructure capable of safely fuelling hydrogen aircraft, while simultaneously showcasing the increasing feasibility of green hydrogen technology within aviation. The endeavour will also help to shape future government policy in the sustainable aviation sector” according to the press release.

“Protium has partnered with Haskel, the UK’s manufacturer of hydrogen compression systems; and Nel Hydrogen, the hydrogen generation and distribution specialist. The pivotal integration of Haskel’s ultra-efficient hydrogen compression system with a Nel Hydrogen electrolyser – a UK deployment record of the largest molecule distribution at scale equipment for Nel – will deliver hydrogen to power fuel cell-electric propulsion aircraft in trials.

“Project HEART’s initial focus lies in regional airports, where it is developing a refuelling solution catering to aircraft carrying 9 to 19 passengers and a range of 500 miles. By harnessing sector-leading expertise and cutting-edge technology, the project is delivering a comprehensive solution that encompasses off-site hydrogen production, its transference to site, and refuelling of the fuel cell-electric propulsion aircraft via a mobile refueller.

“The project’s commitment to advancing safety around net zero aviation is evident in its close collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority. A series of insightful workshops is contributing valuable input and suggestions towards shaping future government policies related to hydrogen aircraft.”

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