magniX has plans to develop hydrogen fuel cells
magniX has revealed plans to develop hydrogen fuel cells alongside its battery electric and hybrid electric systems.
magniX electric propulsion units (EPU), the only electric propulsion technology to be flight-tested in the 350kw to megawatt class, are electron agnostic, meaning they can be powered by any electric power source. This makes them suitable for the hydrogen fuel cells the firm will create.
“The future of sustainable aviation will require a mix of solutions,” said Nuno Taborda, CEO of magniX. “We are bringing our experience and expertise to advance hydrogen fuel cell technology which will enable us to power even more aircraft. magniX is leading the charge into the future with passion and innovation.”
Hydrogen has a high energy density, providing the capability to power electric aircraft of 50 to 90 passengers, according to magniX. Whilst its battery electric and hybrid systems remain better suited to powering smaller aircraft, the hydrogen system will allow magnet to offer a wider range of solutions.
Riona Armesmith, chief technology officer, magniX, said: “Just as magniX has led the world in electric propulsion, now we have the chance to lead again in the development of hydrogen technology. This technology has the potential to play a significant role in ushering in the era of zero-carbon flight. By complementing our existing battery electric and hybrid electric programs, it will allow us to best serve the electric aerospace marketplace, meeting the needs of the planet and of our customers.”