MHI RJ Aviation Group (Mhirj) has signed an agreement to develop hydrogen-electric propulsion for regional jet applications.
The collaboration with Mhirj will leverage ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain technology and Mhirj’s aircraft design, certification and support experience to create aircraft solutions. The partnership will have the potential to deliver new aircraft with hydrogen-electric propulsion and retrofit existing aircraft in the market efficiently.
Mhirj will support ZeroAvia by providing engineering services supporting the certification of the engines to PART 33 for aircraft and assist ZeroAvia by delivering advisory services evaluating the feasibility of a green retrofit program for regional aircraft.
Hiro Yamamoto, President and CEO of Mhirj, said, “We are working with propulsion innovators to ensure that we are at the forefront of such developments and can design solutions to move the world forward.”
Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia, commented, “We believe that in the future almost every aircraft in the world will be powered by hydrogen-electric engines, simply because it is the most viable and scalable method for eliminating carbon and also to cut the other harmful emissions from the aviation sector.”
Mhirj is a leading CRJ Series Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul company and is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ZeroAvia is a leading innovator in hydrogen-electric propulsion for aviation.