2022 1st Hydrogen Aviation Workshop
29 maart 2022 08:00 - 31 maart 2022 17:00
Following up on the succesfull programs on hydrogen for aviation produced by the VFS Hydrogen-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Council in 2020-2021, VFS is hosting the next logical follow-on, a workshop to bring leading experts to discuss the promise, progress and barriers of implementing hydrogen fuel cells for eVTOL and other types of aircraft.
The event will feature two days (March 29–30) of informative presentations and insightful discussions as well as planning for future initiatives — plus a tour of Toyota’s hydrogen facilities at the Port of Long Beach, California on March 31.
Hydrogen fuel cells have been tested and flown on several multirotor and fixed-wing drones, successfully demonstrating flights over 10 hours. For larger heavier eVTOL aircraft that require more power than a drone for takeoff, the combination of batteries and fuel cells could achieve zero-emission, all-electric, long-range flights.
Despite the clear advantages of utilizing hydrogen, it still hasn’t been adopted in aviation at large. Both gaseous and liquid hydrogen are difficult to store. Other impediments like the lack of infrastructure, transporting hydrogen and high costs are all results of hydrogen storage intricacies. It’s certainly possible to store hydrogen at scale.
Although multiple hydrogen councils, consortia and government bodies have published white papers and roadmaps with useful information, they rarely mention aviation. The Council is engaging with the government, industry and academic organizations to ensure that H2 for eVTOL is not forgotten — because aviation has been the slowest transportation industry to decarbonize and stands to benefit the most from hydrogen.