Universal Hydrogen has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Paris-based Amelia (Regourd Aviation) for three ATR 72-600 hydrogen conversion kits.
The deal follows Amelia’s last year launch of ‘Amelia Green,’ an internal pledge from the airline to find sustainable options to decrease its carbon output actively.
Amelia is Universal Hydrogen’s first France-based airline customer. Following the installation of the conversion kits, Universal Hydrogen and Amelia will enter a contract for Universal Hydrogen to provide sufficient hydrogen fuel to power Amelia’s ATR fleet on an ongoing basis. Amelia serves over 500 destinations with an average flight time of 90 minutes.
Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen, said, “This important step demonstrates that regional aviation has a bright future as part of the solution rather than part of the problem.”
Alain Regourd, President of Amelia, commented, “After launching ‘Amelia Green,’ we proactively sought out companies to work with to decarbonise our fleet.”
Australia’s Aviation H2 has opened to investors
Aviation H2 (the company building Australia’s first hydrogen-fuelled aeroplane) has opened to investors via the online trading platform VCEX. Its team of engineers is seeking to raise initial capital of $300,000 to fund the project’s planning study to develop the green energy jet engine plane.
The engineers at Aviation H2 are currently comparing design approaches based on reliability, environmental impact, efficiency, and weight. Once their initial testing is complete in March 2022, the team will recommend the most commercially viable model to begin constructing a prototype. The company plans to have their first plane in the sky in the next 18 months.
Dr Helmut Mayer, the lead engineer and company director, said, “Taking inspiration from my colleagues, it is time to start on the road to decarbonising aviation, and there is nothing that cannot be done with a relevant dose of thought and attention.”
Pioneer H2 is on partner hunt
Australia’s Pioneer H2 is going through the process of selecting a lead technology partner to spearhead its central presence in Australia’s hydrogen-fuelled aerospace sector.
The company has already mapped out initiatives for its ground-breaking green hydrogen solutions to serve a variety of aerospace applications and lead the industry’s path towards a carbon-zero model.
Pioneer H2 provides early access to a rapidly expanding sector through an Australian-first business model that is scalable across global markets. It aims to achieve this through state-of-the-art technology and working with homegrown businesses to develop sustainable energy strategies while cutting costs along the way.