Futuristic aircraft to run on hydrogen

London, 24 November 2023, (Oilandgaspress) – The Albanese Government is backing development of a hydrogen-powered aircraft to help first responders and defence personnel save lives and better meet the needs of Australians living in regional and remote areas.

With $5.43 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), aviation pioneers, Australian company AMSL Aero will develop an aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell system.

The $10.86 million project by the Bankstown-based aerospace startup will demonstrate the feasibility of renewable hydrogen as a fuel for an aircraft with a range of up to 1,000km.

Able to carry up to 5 passengers, AMSL’s Vertiia aircraft could eventually help crucial operations including air ambulances, emergency services, defence operations and regional transport. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said hydrogen had a big role to play in Australia’s transport future.

1000km Range

300 km/h Speed
500 kg Payload
10 minute Refuel Time
Operating costs up to ~70% lower than a helicopter
65 – 70 decibel operation

Aeromedical, Passenger and Cargo Layouts

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