21 July 2022 - Farnborough, United Kingdom. Today at Farnborough International Airshow 2022, Prodrive and ZeroAvia have signed an agreement to develop Hydrogen storage and dispensing technology to enable the provision of Hydrogen at airports to support ZeroAvia’s zero-emission aviation powertrains.
The projects will bring together two companies at the leading edge of aviation and automotive technology in the UK, joining forces to support the Government's net zero, hydrogen and climate change targets.
This ground-breaking deal combines Prodrive's expertise in novel technology development with ZeroAvia's expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell powertrains.
Dr Iain Roche, Managing Director, Prodrive Advanced Technology, said:
“We are extremely excited to be working with ZeroAvia as they pioneer hydrogen powered aviation. Our mission is to accelerate the design and development of Net Zero engineering solutions for our customers. So we look forward to helping ZeroAvia achieve their ambitions plans in the next few years.
Dr Arnab Chatterjee, VP Infrastructure, ZeroAvia, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for two leading technology companies to join forces to bend the curve on decarbonising aviation, the airport ecosystem and thus support the UK's aspirations to reach net-zero by 2050. We look forward to growing this partnership and bringing more high-skilled jobs to the UK as we transition towards zero-emissions.”
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Prodrive is one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses. Over 500 staff are employed across its Banbury headquarters and composites manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes. While the company is perhaps best known for motorsport, today it is just one part of an organisation that in the last decade has diversified to become a technology business working in a range of sectors and providing a range of services.
Within the Prodrive Group, there are four distinct but interconnected business areas: Motorsport, operating race and rally programmes for vehicle manufacturers and global brands; Advanced Technology, providing innovative technology for the automotive, aerospace, defence and marine sectors; Composites, developing lightweight composite components for the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors; and Brand& developing bespoke clothing and accessories for leading brands.
ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting a 300-mile range in 9–19 seat aircraft by 2024, and up to 700-mile range in 40–80 seat aircraft by 2026. Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its two-prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA, passed significant flight test milestones, secured a number of key partnerships with major aircraft OEMs and major global airlines, and is on track for commercial operations in 2024.
The company’s expanding UK operations are supported by grants from UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, and ZeroAvia is part of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council.