KEMBLE,UK/HOLLISTER,CA: ScottishPower, a subsidiary of Spanish energy company Iberdrola, has partnered with ZeroAvia, a British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer, to supply green hydrogen at AGS airports in Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Southampton.
Since 2018, the three airports have reduced their direct carbon emissions (Scope 1&2) by 52 percent and in 2020 achieved carbon neutrality.
ScottishPower says it will develop green hydrogen solutions to test and power aeroengines using electrolysers backed by 100 percent renewable power from UK-based windfarms.
Hydrogen-electric engines use hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity, which is then used to power electric motors to turn the aircraft’s propellers. The only emission is water.
ZeroAvia is flight-testing a prototype of its first engines for use by 20-seat planes in 2027 while working on engine systems for larger 40-80 seat aircraft. The company recently secured a 70-engine agreement with Bolivian domestic airline Ecojet and a partnership with AGS.
"With the plethora of existing renewables, and many projects planned, Scotland has the chance to lead the UK in developing clean hydrogen supply,” commented Sergey Kiselev, AeroAvia Chief Business Officer. Working with leading energy companies like ScottishPower can help us overcome fuelling infrastructure challenges."
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