Universal Hydrogen and JBT AeroTech have joined forces to develop a groundbreaking solution: the H2AmpCart, a hydrogen fuel cell charger designed to revolutionize airport infrastructure.
The aviation industry is committed to achieving zero-emission targets, extending beyond the flights themselves to encompass all ground-based support operations at airports. This ambition has led some operators to integrate electric ground support equipment into their daily routines. Ultimately, the industry envisions a transition from traditional diesel-powered ground support equipment to fully electric alternatives.
However, this transition is not without challenges, and one of the primary obstacles is the creation of the necessary charging infrastructure. Building dedicated charging stations for electric ground support equipment can be time-consuming and costly, potentially delaying the journey toward net-zero ground support tasks.
The H2AmpCart is poised to address these challenges with a cost-effective and immediate solution. One of its most significant advantages is that it doesn’t demand dedicated infrastructure. Instead, it can seamlessly integrate into existing airport facilities. This adaptability offers commercial operators the potential to save valuable time as they pursue emission reduction goals.
Universal Hydrogen, the company behind this innovation, introduced its modular hydrogen capsules last year, demonstrating a unique approach to hydrogen transportation. These capsules function both as fuel tanks for aircraft and as storage tanks, eliminating the need for separate hydrogen infrastructure. After a flight, the capsules are removed from the aircraft, shipped back to the production site like regular cargo, refilled, and then deployed for the next flight.
This efficient transportation method can extend to the H2AmpCart, allowing it to provide clean electric charging at airports without necessitating additional hydrogen infrastructure. It’s a remarkable breakthrough for airport sustainability efforts, as it streamlines the transition to greener ground support operations.
Universal Hydrogen and JBT AeroTech plan to commence production of the H2AmpCart next year, with a commercial launch anticipated by the end of 2024. This timeline demonstrates their commitment to expediting the adoption of cleaner and more sustainable ground support equipment at airports.
As the aviation industry continues to evolve in response to environmental challenges, innovations like the H2AmpCart are pivotal in paving the way for greener skies and grounds. With a shared vision for sustainability, Universal Hydrogen and JBT AeroTech are driving change in the airport industry, making it an essential player in the quest for a cleaner planet.