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February 12, 2021

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HY4 gets Permit to Fly

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DLR, Josef Kallo, HY4, Andreas Scheuer, Schoefer, H2Fly, Winfried Hermann, FSG
Minister Hermann, Kallo and Schoefer (from left), © H2Fly

In August 2020, MTU entered into partnership with the German Aerospace Center – DLR, which has been conducting research into hydrogen technology for many years. The partners intend to develop and validate a fuel cell powertrain’s functionality for a Dornier 228 airplane with an electric MTU propeller engine providing over 500 kilowatts of power.

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Rolf Henke, DLR executive board member responsible for aeronautics research and technology, said that “this joint research-industry project is the first of many steps toward zero-emission aviation.” MTU chief operating officer Lars Wagner claimed: “As things stand today, fuel cells utilizing sustainably produced hydrogen offer the greatest long-term potential for realizing emissions-free aviation.” Especially true for regional, short- or medium-distance aircraft. The Do-228’s maiden flight could take place in 2026.

Since the beginning of 2020, a 45-member group led by Johannes Hartmann – EXACT, Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies – has been working on new efficient, eco-friendly commercial airplane technology at the DLR Systems Engineering Institute. Researchers from 20 different DLR organizations aim to bring a 70-passenger aircraft with a 2,000-kilometer range to technological maturity by 2040.

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Pascale Ehrenfreund, who left the DLR in late September 2020, originally proposed devising this integrated concept for eco-friendly aviation. It is not clear yet if her successor, Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla (see p. 5), will announce an even more ambitious goal.

“With electrically powered aircraft, an engine’s practical arrangement, distribution and operation must be re-thought from scratch.”

Jan Werner Delfs, DLR Aerodynamics and Flow Technology Institute

HY4 – Tests in Slovenia and Germany

To achieve their goal, EXACT researchers are drawing on expertise in zero-emission aeronautics at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics. The institute developed both the Antares DLR-H2 (see HZwei, January 2013) and a four-seat passenger aircraft dubbed HY4, (see H2-international, February 2016 and March 2017). The latter emerged from a collaboration between DLR spin-off H2Fly, Slovenian aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel and Cummins.

A sixth-generation fuel cell engine, powering the latest HY4 model, was designed by Josef Kallo, Ulm University professor, and his team. Despite the difficult circumstances, not least due to Covid-19 regulations, the H2Fly’s plane take-off on Nov. 6, 2020, in Mariboa, Slovenia, was quite a success. Kallo told H2-international: “The system really packs a punch.”

His team’s perseverance kept the project going despite several delays, including the first flight’s postponement from October to November. Following a three-month quarantine, team members completed a total of 32 take-offs in four days in bad, extremely foggy weather with visibility under 1,000 feet (300 meters), sometimes flying for two consecutive hours.

In late 2020, the HY4 received a test flight permit for Stuttgart. Walter Schoefer, Stuttgart airport management company, FSG’s board spokesperson, called it a “great milestone” for the biggest project FSG had ever supported. During the Nov. 11 HY4 presentation at Stuttgart airport, Winfried Hermann, Baden-Württemberg’s state transportation minister and FSG chairman, lauded Kallo and his team for their profound commitment and tenacity.

“HY4 is the future of aviation. […] It shows that flying carbon-free is possible, presently feasible and has what it takes to change transportation in the long term. […] Keep up the good work.”

German transportation minister Andreas Scheuer, via video call

… Read more in the latest H2-International e-Journal, Feb. 2021

Kategorien: Germany

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