ZeroAvia is a British and American developer of hydroelectric aircraft. The company was introduced in 2017 by Valery Miftakhov, who is currently the company’s CEO. ZeroAvia is developing a hydrogen-powered propulsion system to compete with traditional propeller aircraft engines made from propellers for zero emissions and noise reduction.
The company finished a series of electric flight tests of power in California in the first quarter of 2019 and verified the original powertrain design. Attempts to install an external hydrogen tank on the Piper Matrix this year were unsuccessful.
- In 2020, the company shifted to England from the USA facility. In Cranfield, six-seater Piper Malibu installed and tested the hydrogen-electric drive ZA250, and in September of the same year conducted the first 8-minute flight from the Malibu Hydropower Station. The detailed information published below describes the powertrain as a 250 kW and 100 kW hydrogen hybrid battery from the PowerCell MS100 hydrogen fuel.
- In 2020 December, the enterprise received £12.3 million from the ATI program of the British government for the development of 19 hydrogen engines. The aircraft has a flying distance of 350 miles (560 kilometres) and is expected in 2023 to be achieved. In April 2021, the company announced that it would introduce that aircraft at Cotswold Airport.
- On April 29, 2021, a zeroavia test stand equipped with a hydrogen-powered Piper M-class crashed in a field during take-off in Cranfield. Nobody was injured in the crash majorly, but the aircraft sustained significant damage, including the damage of the left wing.
Seaplane aircraft developer ZeroAvia has received US$21.4 million in support from major stockholders including companies like Amazon and Shell. The company has completed its first round of funding to support the launch of its first donation plane while supporting the idea of zero-emissions commercial use in 2023. The aircraft powertrain plan for 919 commercial aircraft began to replace contaminated jet fuel with zero-emission aviation of ZeroAvia.