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    August 23, 2023

    ZeroAvia Strikes Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Partnership with Masdar

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) renewable energy giant to work with zero-emission aviation pioneer to build aircraft refueling infrastructure

    Kemble, UK & Hollister, CA: August 23rd, 2023] — ZeroAvia today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Masdar, one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, to explore hydrogen production and supply at key locations.


    The partnership with the UAE’s flagship renewable energy company, Masdar, will focus initially on projects in North America and Europe, while also looking at the opportunity to establish clean flight operations in the UAE.


    Masdar aims to be a global green hydrogen leader through a “smart first mover” approach, by developing and investing in strategic projects and building scalable platforms in key markets. The company is targeting 1 million tonnes of green hydrogen production per year by 2030.


    Masdar’s Green Hydrogen division is already heavily involved in major aviation projects targeting the production of green hydrogen. This new collaboration with ZeroAvia is likely to power the world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial flights.


    The UAE aims to produce 1.4 million tonnes of hydrogen annually by 2031 and expects the figure to increase tenfold to 15 million by 2050, showing the scale of the country’s ambitions.  Masdar is deeply committed to building the UAE’s green hydrogen economy and has signed and executed several global collaboration agreements with strategic partners in recent years.


    ZeroAvia is working with some of the world’s largest energy companies to convene the provision of fuel for its airline operator customers, as early as 2025. The company is targeting refueling onboard aircraft tanks for up to 90- seat aircraft at commercial airports by the end of this decade. With every such aircraft requiring up to 1 ton of hydrogen per each short regional flight, even a small commercial airport can drive more than a hundred tons of demand daily. All this fuel can be produced via a zero-emission process using renewable electricity.

    Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi,
    Masdar’s Chief Executive Officer, said: 


    “Masdar looks forward to working with innovative partners like ZeroAvia to advance decarbonization in hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation. As the UAE’s clean energy champion, we are passionate about unlocking the potential of green hydrogen to build a greener future for all.”

    Val Miftakhov,
    Founder and CEO, ZeroAvia, said: 


    “We need large investment in renewable energy capacity to accelerate a future of truly clean flight for the entire industry, so we are delighted to partner with Masdar in this endeavor. Together, we are bringing the clean propulsion technology and the fuel to airlines to ensure that passengers can fly without any emissions and climate effects as soon as possible.”

    ZeroAvia recently completed a flight test campaign of the ZA600 engine aboard a Dornier 228 aircraft at its UK base in Kemble, Gloucestershire. Hydrogen-electric engines use hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity, which is then used to power electric motors to turn the aircraft’s propellers. The only emission is water.

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    ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation as the initially targeting a 300-mile range in 9–19 seat aircraft by 2025, and up to 700-mile range in 40–80 seat aircraft by 2027. Based in the US and the UK, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its three prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA, passed significant flight test milestones, secured a number of key partnerships with major aircraft OEMs, secured pre-orders for nearly 2,000 engines from a number of the major global airlines, with future revenue potential over $10bn. The company is on track for commercial operations in 2025. ZeroAvia is part of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council. For more, please visit, follow @ZeroAvia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

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    About Masdar


    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is the UAE’s clean energy champion and one of the largest companies of its kind in the world, advancing the development and deployment of renewable energy and green hydrogen technologies to address global sustainability challenges. Established in 2006, Masdar is today active in over 40 countries, helping them to achieve their clean energy objectives and advance sustainable development. Masdar is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), and under this ownership the company is targeting a renewable energy portfolio capacity of at least 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 and an annual green hydrogen production capacity of up to 1 million tonnes by the same year.


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