ZeroAvia, a company that specializes in developing zero-emissions solutions for commercial aviation, has signed an agreement with engineering group MHIRJ to provide hydrogen electric motors for regional aircraft. Under this agreement, MHIRJ will provide engineering services, aircraft integration and renowned OEM expertise to support ZeroAvia hydrogen-electric propulsion system certification for airframe modernization in regional aircraft markets.
ZeroAvia has already made significant progress with its plans to certify the 600 kW ZA600 powertrain for small aircraft of 10-20 seats, With entry into service expected in 2024. Meanwhile, the company is working on the ZA2000, a modular 2 to 5 MW powertrain that aims to support 40 to 80 seat turboprops by 2026. The ZA2000RJ will expand this technology to enable passengers to fly on non-stop regional aircraft. emissions in late 2020.
This agreement, which is an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year, sets CRJ series aircraft as a pioneer in the first operations with true zero-emissions engines. More than 2,000 CRJ series aircraft have been built since the program’s launch, making it the backbone of regional aviation in the United States.
Val Miftakhov, CEO and Founder of ZeroAvia, asserts, “There are hundreds of CRJ series aircraft operating daily in North America, carrying millions of passengers. All these trips It can and should be zero emissions long before the end of this decade. This deal is a major step forward in the delivery of electric hydrogen engines to the regional aircraft sector. “
Hiro Yamamoto, President and CEO of MHIRJ, said, “This agreement with ZeroAvia furthers two important goals. The first is to continue growing our business at AEC by working with other companies and using our extensive engineering expertise to move forward on this cutting-edge project. The second advantage is that we are part of the value chain by bringing innovative sustainable technology to the regional space.”
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