ABOVE : The project will support the development of hydrogen supply chains ahead of the fuel’s projected entry into service date of 2030

A new UK consortium has been formed with the goal of developing and advancing a hydrogen fuel system architecture, with initial funding of nearly £40 million allocated to the project.

The consortium’s aim is to ‘develop, test and validate a modular, scalable cryogenic fuel system architecture that is suitable for multiple aircraft classes and compatible with either hydrogen electric propulsion or hydrogen combustion powertrains,’ notes the Marshall Group, who will be collaborating with industry partners GKN Aerospace and Parker Meggitt. Specialised research and development will also be conducted by the University of Manchester, the University of Bath and Cardiff University.

Together, the HyFIVE consortium members have ‘defined a full technical programme spanning several years,’ encompassing storage, conveyance, indication, fuelling and venting of hydrogen. By 2027 they plan to have developed and validated a family of mature technologies conducive to certification, developed a customer-ready supply chain and industrialisation strategy, and have opened a range of flight test options with prospective customers.

The project will be funded with an initial investment of £17 million from industry to be matched by £20 million of government funding. It is supported the ATI Programme and represents “the latest in a long line of wins for UK Aviation and builds on the success of the £4.5 billion investment as part of our Advanced Manufacturing Plan and launch of our Hydrogen Taskforce,” said industry minister Nusrat Ghani.

“HyFIVE is a true UK powerhouse, bringing together industry leaders with a track record of certifying new aerospace technologies and the industrial scale to successfully deliver to market,” added Marshall CEO Kathy Jenkins.