To promote near-term adoption of hydrogen in commercial aviation, Universal Hydrogen is developing a retrofit conversion kit for the De Havilland Canada DHC8-Q300 to a hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain. MagniX will be providing the electric propulsion system powering the converted 40-passenger regional aircraft.
Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen said:
“There is a clear need for a step change in emissions reduction in commercial aviation, and hydrogen-based, carbon-free power is the future of the industry. When looking for our propulsion partner, MagniX stood out as a clear, proven leader with a track-record of delivering the best in aerospace-grade electric propulsion. We look forward to watching the successful flights of our fully carbon-free Dash 8.”
Universal Hydrogen’s plan for the Dash 8 includes a two megawatt-class electric propulsion system on each wing, which will be provided by MagniX. MagniX has repeatedly demonstrated leadership in building practical, fully-electric commercial aviation solutions, including the eBeaver that started flying with Harbour Air in December 2019, and the eCaravan that started flying in May 2020. Powering the Dash 8 with MagniX’s electric propulsion will mark another step in scaling MagniX’s zero-emission commercial aviation propulsion solutions to regional commercial aircraft.
Roei Ganzarski, CEO of MagniX said:
“Universal Hydrogen, through its hydrogen transport and distribution infrastructure solution, is on a path to change the way regional flight is achieved, and transform it from decades-old, expensive, polluting technology to low-cost clean solutions. The MagniX team is inspired by the synergies between our mission and that of Universal Hydrogen. Together, we will bring scalable, proven technology to the next level of electric aviation.”