10 Nov 2020

Cardiff Company Developing Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft Backed by UK Gov

10 Nov 2020  by Joanna Sampson   

A Cardiff company developing a pilot project to deliver goods between Bristol and the Welsh capital using a hydrogen-powered electric aircraft has been backed by UK Government investment.

Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi today (9th Nov) announced 20 innovative projects harnessing the latest technology to support the fight against Covid-19 and other challenges like climate change that will receive a share of £7m funding.

Dock-to-Dock will demonstrate an alternative to road transportation between coastal cities, developing a pilot project to deliver goods by air using clean energy: initially between Avonmouth Docks in Bristol and Cardiff Docks in Wales.

The project will focus on vehicle performance and the infrastructure necessary for hydrogen-powered electric aircrafts which take-off and land vertically, and therefore don’t require runways.

Zahawi said, “As the UK leads the way in the aviation revolution, these bold proposals showcase the pioneering spirit of the UK’s aerospace and aviation industries in solving global issues, and those facing us here in the UK.”

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean added, “The UK is already a world-leader when it comes to innovation in aviation and this funding will allow us to carry on supporting the extraordinary work taking place right across the country.”

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