MagniX plans to develop hydrogen fuel cells to complement its battery-electric and hybrid electric systems.
The company is to begin developing hydrogen systems for its industry-leading electric propulsion units (EPUs). magniX EPUs, the only electric propulsion technology to be flight-tested in the 350kw to megawatt-class, are electron agnostic, meaning they can be powered by any electric power source.
Hydrogen has attracted great interest as a replacement for fossil fuels. Like batteries, hydrogen produces zero carbon emissions and will reduce aviation’s environmental impact. Hydrogen has a high energy density, providing the capability to electric power aircraft of 50 to 90 passengers.
By offering this technology alongside battery electric and hybrid electric systems, which will remain better suited to powering smaller aircraft, magniX will offer a wider range of electric solutions to operators transitioning to carbon-free fleets.
Nuno Taborda, CEO of magniX, said, “We are bringing our experience and expertise to advance hydrogen fuel cell technology which will enable us to power even more aircraft.”
Riona Armesmith, CTO at magniX, said, “By complementing our existing battery electric and hybrid electric programs, it will allow us to best serve the electric aerospace marketplace, meeting the needs of the planet and of our customers.”