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Deutsche Aircraft and Universal Hydrogen Co. established a technological partnership to accelerate aviation’s decarbonization, a global priority in the battle against climate change.

The two businesses will collaborate to perform a design study for the Dornier 328 program that will include Universal Hydrogen’s modular capsule technology.

“We see hydrogen as the only realistic approach foraviation to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen. “We are tackling the biggest obstacle to near-term hydrogen adoption: its delivery and distribution to airports and aircraft globally without costly infrastructure. This partnership with Deutsche Aircraft will accelerate our shared goal to put aviation on a trajectory toward true zero carbon emissions.”

The collaborative effort will assess the size and integration of the modular capsule technology for hydrogen storage into the aircraft structure and systems (including considerations for loading and unloading); the aircraft’s weight and balance; the cost of hydrogen (infrastructure and fuel); mission performance; and the design of the hydrogen logistics network. Additionally, Universal Hydrogen and Deutsche Aircraft will collaborate closely with regional and federal German governments, as well as European Union agencies, on the study’s development, manufacture, and implementation.

“Deutsche Aircraft is committed to enter the new era of climate-neutral aviation. Partnering with companies that share our passion for climate-friendly design like Universal Hydrogen allow us to accelerate our vision for decarbonization,” said Martin Nüsseler, chief technology officer for Deutsche Aircraft. “We are excited to leverage Universal Hydrogen’s technical expertise to assess the safe and affordable use of hydrogen onboard our aircraft as part of our journey to zero emissions.”  

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