Hydrogen-based aviation takes off

March 14, 2022
Hydrogen is rapidly gaining ground among government and industry worldwide as a clean-burning alternative to fossil fuels that can help decarbonize things like aviation, Kevin Robinson-Avila reports for the Albuquerque Journal.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Albuquerque International Sunport could become ground zero for the birth of hydrogen-based aviation, thanks to an out-of-state company that plans to build a manufacturing plant there for new hydrogen technology that it has developed, Kevin Robinson-Avila reports for the Albuquerque JournalContinue reading original article.

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14 March 2022 - Universal Hydrogen – an international firm with operations in California, Washington and Toulouse, France – will invest $254 million in a new factory at the Sunport, potentially employing up to 500 people there, the company announced Thursday afternoon in a news conference with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

The firm has created drop-in technology to retrofit existing planes to allow them to fly on hydrogen, plus modular storage capsules – or hydrogen fuel packs – that can be safely shipped to airports around the world to power up newly converted, hydrogen-based aircraft.

The company will manufacture both the hydrogen fuel capsules and its plane-retrofit technology, which it calls “powertrain conversion kits,” at the planned Sunport factory, said Jon Gordon, Universal Hydrogen co-founder and general counsel.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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