Scottish Power and ZeroAvia have agreed a deal to work together to develop low-carbon hydrogen supplies to key airports to support the decarbonisation of the UK aviation industry.
As well as supply, the partnership will also be exploring clean power requirements and hydrogen production infrastructure for potential future ZeroAvia sites within ScottishPower’s distribution network areas across Scotland, North West England and North Wales.
Scottish already operates a 100% renewable electricity supply including the use of UK wind farms.
The partnership with Scottish Power also follows a 70 engine agreement with fellow Scottish company EcoJet, which has signed up for 70 hydrogen-electric engines from ZeroAvia.
Sergey Kiselev, Chief Business Officer at ZeroAvia, said: “With the plethora of existing renewables, and many projects planned, Scotland has the chance to lead the UK in developing clean hydrogen supply. Working with leading energy companies like ScottishPower can help us overcome fueling infrastructure challenges.”
Peter Jones, Director of ScottishPower’s Green Hydrogen business, added: “Green hydrogen, powered by renewable energy, can play a key role in the decarbonisation of heavy transport. We welcome the opportunity to support the aviation industry in delivering effective solutions for this important sector, enabling long term sustainable and cost-effective outcomes for customers.”
ZeroAvia is already carrying out in-flight testing of a 20 dear hydrogen-electric powered aircraft from its research facility in Gloucestershire.