Japan pours billions of yen into plan to build the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell for aviation

April 15, 2024
IHI tasked with developing giant 4MW model, while industrial group Toray to investigate expanding use to 80-seat aircraft, Rachel Parkes reports for Hydrogen Insight.

TOKYO - The Japanese government has promised a combined ¥17.3bn ($110m) to two hydrogen research projects, one of which aims to build and demonstrate a prototype of a massive 4MW fuel cell propulsion system for use in aviation — the biggest known to be under development in the world — within five years, Rachel Parkes reports for Hydrogen InsightContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

15 April 2024 - Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), a government research agency, is using $86 million in funds to develop a 4MW hydrogen fuel cell by 2029.

“By developing technology for components that make up fuel-cell electric propulsion systems for aircraft applications, we will encourage the Japanese aircraft industry to participate in and collaborate with overseas companies on development projects,” NEDO said in its announcement.

“Additionally, for each component, we will utilize excellent technology and know-how from other fields as much as possible. In addition, in parallel with technology development, we will participate in international standardization activities related to the technology.”

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