• H2Fly prepares for pioneering liquid hydrogen flight tests

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Thu Apr 6 10:59:19 2023
    https://newatlas.com/aircraft/h2fly-liquid-hydrogen-flight/

    H2Fly prepares for pioneering liquid hydrogen flight tests
    By Loz Blain
    April 05, 2023

    German company H2Fly is preparing the world's first flight of a passenger aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen fuel
    German company H2Fly is preparing the world's first flight of a passenger aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen fuelH2Fly
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    H2Fly has successfully tested the ground-based cryogenic fuel filling
    procedure that'll power groundbreaking liquid hydrogen aircraft flights in
    the coming months. Liquid H2 will be an absolute game-changer, allowing
    clean long-distance air travel.
    Replacing the rich energy source of Jet-A kerosene with a zero-carbon alternative is no easy task for the aviation industry. There are
    "sustainable aviation fuels" made with captured carbon, but in order to go zero-emissions, what works for cars and trucks isn't gonna cut it
    batteries are too heavy, hydrogen gas takes up way too much space. Intercontinental green aviation looks most likely at this point to begin
    using liquid hydrogen.

    By weight, hydrogen carries some 2.8 times the energy of today's liquid
    fuels. But even when you cryogenically cool it into a liquid, it takes up a
    lot of physical space about 3.7 times more than jet fuel. So it's light
    but bulky and some of that weight saving disappears once you start looking
    at a full system after all, hydrogen only stays a liquid if you keep it
    below 20 Kelvin (-253 C /-423.4 F).

    The HY4 aircraft has already taken many pioneering flights running on
    gaseous H2
    The HY4 aircraft has already taken many pioneering flights running on
    gaseous H2H2Fly
    Thus, it's a giant pain to work with which is why, other than some secret military work in the mid-1900s, the vast majority of new hydrogen aviation enterprises https://newatlas.com/tag/hydrogen-aviation/?itm_source=newatlas&itm_medium=article-body
    have studied it, bookmarked it and got on with making their planes work on gaseous hydrogen instead. There's more than enough work to be done proving
    the rest of these systems, from fuel cells and storage to electric
    propulsion, are certifiably safe and ready for prime time without having to deal with a cryogenic liquid even Lockheed's Skunkworks couldn't handle. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220316-the-epic-attempts-to-power-planes-with-hydrogen

    Stuttgart's H2Fly, though, is ripping right into it. Having already made the first manned, purely hydrogen-powered flight back in 2009, and more recently having done pioneering work https://newatlas.com/aircraft/hydrogen-electric-hy4-passenger-aircraft-sets-altitude-record
    with a gaseous hydrogen system built into a twin-fuselage Pipistrel Taurus
    G4, the company has now fitted the same HY4 plane with a liquid storage
    system from Air Liquide, and is hoping to lead the charge back into the
    skies with liquid H2.

    Today's announcement covers the successful completion of ground-based fuel filling tests. The company has already done extended vibration and leaking testing on the cryogenic tank, which sits alone in the left fuselage, well isolated from the pilot in the right fuselage.

    Ground-based liquid hydrogen refuelling tests are now complete
    Ground-based liquid hydrogen refuelling tests are now completeH2Fly
    The successful on-ground filling tests today mark the next milestone in our pursuit to doubling the range of our HY4 aircraft," says Prof. Dr. Josef
    Kallo, co-founder and CEO of H2FLY. "It is a critical step for our upcoming flight test campaign this summer, which will demonstrate the feasibility of liquid hydrogen as a fuel for medium and long-haul flight.

    Indeed, if the HY4 takes off this summer as planned, it'll be the world's
    first manned flight of a liquid hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft. This is pioneering work of great consequence to the green transition. We wish these guys well!

    Source: H2Fly https://www.h2fly.de/newsroom

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  • From Jim Pennino@21:1/5 to Larry Dighera on Thu Apr 6 12:00:25 2023
    Larry Dighera <LDighera@att.net> wrote:


    https://newatlas.com/aircraft/h2fly-liquid-hydrogen-flight/


    New Hydrogen Research Reminds Us Humanity Just Can't Win With Fuel Alternatives

    https://autos.yahoo.com/hydrogen-research-reminds-us-humanity-190000017.html;_ylt=AwrO6HooFi9kC1EA4EfQtDMD;_ylu=Y29sbwNncTEEcG9zAzUEdnRpZAMEc2VjA3Ny

    "But new research indicates that hydrogen buildup could have adverse
    effects on the climate, not terribly unlike the fuel it’s meant to
    replace."

    No free lunch...

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