DAT A/S, Everfuel A/S, and Universal Hydrogen Co. have today announced a collaborative agreement to transform regional aviation in Denmark by enabling completely zero-emissions flight using clean hydrogen by the end of 2025.
The three companies will combine their respective expertise in flight operations, hydrogen fuel production, and hydrogen logistics and aircraft propulsion to bring into service hydrogen-powered ATR 72-600 regional aircraft on DAT routes in Denmark, with the goal of converting all of DAT’s domestic flights to true zero emission flights by 2030.
DAT A/S is an experienced regional operator transporting close to one million passengers every year within Denmark, and to destinations across Europe. It plans to use ATR 72s converted using Universal Hydrogen technology. These aircraft will accommodate 56 passengers following conversion to hydrogen. Universal Hydrogen will also provide fuel services to supply green hydrogen produced by Everfuel using modular capsules, without the need for changes to existing airport infrastructure.
The green hydrogen will be produced by Everfuel, an energy production and distribution company based in Herning. The hydrogen will be produced based on renewable energy at Everfuel’s first Power-to-X (PtX) plant in Fredericia.
The collaborative effort between the three companies follows the Government of Denmark’s request for tender, also announced today, to develop zero-emission commercial flights in Denmark.
Jesper Rungholm, DAT director, said, “Universal Hydrogen is in the advanced stages of developing a modification for our regional aircraft type, the ATR 72, making this possible as early as 2025.”
Jacob Krogsgaard, Everfuel CEO, said, “The new consortium can deliver the whole package, where our role is to deliver the green hydrogen. Then our partners utilize the hydrogen in the planes, as hydrogen-based planes are the best use of resources if we are to achieve emission-free domestic flights.”
Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen, said, “DAT’s domestic network is a perfect early application for hydrogen fuel, and with the support of Everfuel, we can rapidly develop a complete hydrogen ecosystem in Denmark to usher in a new golden age of aviation built on clean flight.”