ZeroAvia has signed an MoU with Ravn Alaska to deliver hydrogen-electric propulsion for the operator’s passenger aircraft.
Ravn has placed an order for 30 of ZeroAvia’s ZA2000 powertrains with the intention of retrofitting its De Havilland Dash-8 fleet to enable zero-emission flights.
Ravn currently operates a number of Q100 and Q300 aircraft on routes serving rural communities in Alaska. The state is an important strategic target for early adoption of hydrogen-electric flight routes, given the dependence on aviation for interstate travel and the strong potential of Alaska’s renewable energy resources – particularly hydroelectric – to generate green hydrogen.
ZeroAvia’s ZA2000 is a 2-5 megawatt (3,000 – 7,000 shaft horsepower) modular powertrain designed for 40-90 seat turboprop planes, targeting 500 nautical mile plus journeys from 2026 onwards – enabling flights like Anchorage to St Mary’s with zero-emissions. The company is also working to certify a 600kW powertrain for 9-19 seat aircraft for entry into service in 2024.
In addition to the engine deal with Ravn Alaska, ZeroAvia has been accepted into the Launch Alaska program; a non-profit deployment accelerator focused on helping climate tech innovators to grow in the state.
Rob McKinney, CEO Ravn Alaska, said, “We want to be at the forefront of adopting zero-emission aviation once FAA-certified technologies come to market.”
Val Miftakhov, Founder & CEO, ZeroAvia, said, “Alaska represents the challenge facing the aviation industry writ large – air travel provides the vital connectivity that Alaskans so desperately need, but at the same time, the impacts of climate change on the breathtaking landscape are starkly visible.”