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- A hydrogen powered aircraft completed a successful 10-minute test flight, marking the longest flight powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology to date.
- Developed by Zero Avia, the hydrogen powered aircraft used a 6-kilowatt proton exchange membrane fuel cell to generate electricity from compressed hydrogen gas.
- The achievement was voted the Breakthrough Technology of 2023 by MIT Technology Review, highlighting hydrogen’s potential for greening the aviation sector.
- Zero Avia aims to commercialize this hydrogen powered aircraft technology by 2025, with over 1500 pre-orders and $140 million raised from investors including Bill Gates.
- The technology has undergone 10 test flights, with the longest lasting 23 minutes, showcasing progress toward cross-country flights.
- Hydrogen fuel technology offers up to 60% efficiency in converting energy to electricity, surpassing combustion-based alternatives.
- Future plans include larger hydrogen powered aircraft with 19 and 40-seat capacities.
- Challenges in developing hydrogen refueling networks include production cost, transportation difficulties, storage complexity, safety regulations, low current demand, and public acceptance.
- Hydrogen’s energy density and transportation safety pose unique challenges compared to conventional fuels.
- The development of hydrogen infrastructure and energy production needs to consider environmental impact, energy efficiency, and consumer safety.
- Despite challenges, hydrogen technology presents promising opportunities for green transportation and energy solutions.