ANNOUNCEMENT 27 Jan 2021

On 27 January 2021, GKN Aerospace announced receiving GBP 27.2 million government funding for the project H2GEAR to develop a liquid hydrogen propulsion system for sub-regional aircraft.

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SOURCE

GKN Aerospace, Press Release, “GKN AEROSPACE LEADS DEVELOPMENT OF GROUND-BREAKING HYDROGEN PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT”. Available at: https://www.gknaerospace.com/en/newsroom/news-releases/2021/gkn-aerospace-leads-development-of-ground-breaking-hydrogen-propulsion-system-for-aircraft/

UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, News Story, “£84 million boost for technology to power a green aviation revolution”. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/84-million-boost-for-technology-to-power-a-green-aviation-revolution

Inception date: 27 Jan 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Financial grant

On 27 January 2021, GKN Aerospace announced receiving GBP 27.2 million (USD 37.2 million) government grant for the project H2GEAR to develop a liquid hydrogen propulsion system for regional aircraft that could be scaled up to larger aircraft. Funding will be provided by Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and it will be equally matched by GKN Aerospace and its industrial partners.

The project aims to develop a liquid hydrogen propulsion system which will convert the liquid hydrogen to electricity within a fuel cell system. If successfully implemented, this technology will eliminate CO2 emissions and it would create a new generation of clean air travel.

Concerning the project, Chief Technology Officer for GKN Aerospace Russ Dunn said: “Hydrogen-powered aircraft offer a clear route to keep the world connected, with dramatically cleaner skies. The UK is at the forefront of this technology, and the H2GEAR project is an example of industry, academia and Government collaboration at its best. Working with our partners, and made possible by Government investment, GKN Aerospace will develop and industrialise the breakthrough technology to fly aircraft with zero CO2 emissions by the mid-2020s. This will not only create thousands of jobs, but it will keep the UK at the forefront of the next generation of cleaner air travel for decades to come.”

Project partners of the H2GEAR are Intelligent Energy, Aeristech, Newcastle University, the University of Manchester, and the University of Birmingham.

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