ZeroAvia’s Hydrogen-Electric Powertrain for Aviation Named to TIME’s List of the 100 Best Inventions of 2020
19 November, 2020, 08:00 PST
Hollister, California and Cranfield, UK, November 19, 2020 — ZeroAvia, the leading innovator in decarbonizing commercial aviation, today announced it was selected by TIME as a Best Invention of 2020 in the Experimental Category.
For 2020’s list, TIME solicited nominations both from its editors and correspondents around the world and through an online application process. It then evaluated them on factors including originality, effectiveness, ambition and impact. The results: everything from a smarter beehive to a greener tube of toothpaste to the technology that could catalyse a COVID-19 vaccine.
Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia said:
“We are honored to be named one on this prestigious list for the best inventions of the year. We see this as further reinforcement of the importance of our work towards zero-emission aviation. As we go into 2021, we expect to build off our first hydrogen flight achievement and hit more milestones, demonstrating our technology at longer ranges and with larger aircraft, getting ready for flying commercial passengers in the next 3 years.”
ZeroAvia offers the first practical hydrogen-fueled powertrain technology to replace conventional engines in propeller aircraft resulting in zero-emission and lower noise and dramatically lower fuel and maintenance costs, and significant total trip cost reduction. Focused on hydrogen aviation solutions that address various markets, ZeroAvia expects to achieve commercialization as early as 2023 and demonstrate flights up to a 500-mile range in aircraft up to 20 seats. By 2026, ZeroAvia intends to realize flights over a 500-mile range in aircraft with up to 80 seats and by 2030 over 1,000-mile range flights in aircraft with over 100 seats.
ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, focused on hydrogen-electric aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting 500 mile range in 10-20 seat aircraft used for commercial passenger transport, package delivery, agriculture, and more. Based in London and California, ZeroAvia has already secured experimental certificates for its two prototype aircraft, passed significant flight test milestones, and is on track for commercial operations in 2023. The company’s expanding UK operations are partially supported by the grant from UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, and ZeroAvia is part of the UK Government’s Jet Zero Council. For more, please visit ZeroAvia.com, follow @ZeroAvia on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.