Bringing decarbonised aviation to life
Green hydrogen is already proving its worth around the world as a zero emission fuel for buses, trucks, trains, cars and boats (including Emirates’ Team New Zealand’s chase boat).
Hydrogen-powered planes are the logical next step and several companies around the world are working to develop a green hydrogen passenger plane for commercial use. Already test flights are proving successful.
However, aircraft are only one element of what’s required to enable this promising fuel to decarbonise aviation.
An entire ecosystem needs to be designed to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand can produce, store and transport green hydrogen and the infrastructure required to fuel the planes.
The New Zealand Hydrogen Aviation Consortium has been created to do just that.
Launched at Christchurch Airport in March 2023, the consortium brings together six world leaders in sustainability:
The New Zealand Hydrogen Aviation Consortium will design a green hydrogen ecosystem for aviation.
They will examine the supply chain, assess the local aviation market’s projected hydrogen needs to 2050, and the infrastructure required for development of hydrogen aviation in New Zealand.
Following the successful completion of phase one, the consortium will look into whether test flights can be held in New Zealand.