ABOVE: The two companies will work to explore different hydrogen supply models

Zero-emission aircraft manufacturer ZeroAvia is to collaborate with utility company ScottishPower to develop a hydrogen supply to ‘key airport locations’.

As well as exploring airport hydrogen supply models and financing, the two companies will also explore 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.

“With the plethora of existing renewables, and many projects planned, Scotland has the chance to lead the UK in developing clean hydrogen supply,” said Sergey Kiselev, Chief Business Officer at ZeroAvia. “Working with leading energy companies like ScottishPower can help us overcome fuelling infrastructure challenges”.

ZeroAvia’s prototype ZA600 hydrogen-electric zero-emission powertrain, retrofitted to a Dornier 228 test-bed, first flew in January 2023 from the company’s Kemble headquarters. A tenth test flight, completed in July, marked the culmination of the initial test phase. The company intends for the ZA600 to enter commercial service by 2025 and has already secured pre-orders for over 2,000 engines from a number of global airlines.

The Scottish Government’s target of 5GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production by 2030 comprises half of the UK government’s overall target.