An Aerospace Pivot to Let More Players Access the Power of New-age Technology

ZeroAvia has officially announced the decision to offer some of its key components, originally designed for its own hydrogen-electric engines, to other clean aviation innovators. Meant to build upon the multi-billion dollar per annum market for its hydrogen-electric powertrain family, the move will help the company maximize its investment in R&D, as well as its strategy of vertical integration, while simultaneously furthering the company’s impact on reducing environmental harm from aviation. Talk about the whole development on a slightly deeper level, it comes after ZeroAvia conducted an extensive research on component markets, a research which revealed significant economic opportunities in areas like advanced electric motors, silicon carbide inverters, low-temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (LT-PEM), high-temperature PEM (HT-PEM), and aviation fuel compressor. Starting from advanced electric motors, the stated economic opportunity here is largely concerned with aviation vehicles that boast a kW max-power direct-drive motor capable of speeds up to 2,200 rpm, and the HyperCore 900kW modular motor capable of speeds up to 20,000 rpm. Next up, in the case of silicon carbide inverters, it talks to the 200kW continuous power bidirectional inverter design, which by the way, offers a power density above 20 kW/kg and is available in both single (225kW peak / 200kW continuous) and dual (450kW peak / 400kW continuous) configurations. Furthermore, these inverters are made to follow all aerospace standards, meaning they allow a high-power density and reduced weight with advanced thermal management technologies and integration to enable reliable high performance for high altitude and engine compartment location.

“Today we set forth plans that detail how we are going to bring our engines to market for commercial aircraft as well as the additional market potential in components generated by our pursuit of aerospace applicable fuel cell and electric propulsion technologies. We intend to secure as much market share for commercial aviation propulsion systems as possible as this will enhance shareholder value and ensure we deliver in tackling climate impact in the sector,” said Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO of ZeroAvia.

Moving on to the market potential for low temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (LT-PEM), it is mainly present for ZeroAvia’s SuperStack Flex architecture, which is a customizable 100-400kW fuel cell power generation platform designed to meet a range of different aerospace power, performance, and packaging requirements. This it does while maintaining exceptional pressure, mass flow rate, humidity, and temperature control. As for the high-temperature PEM (HT-PEM) market, it comes from ZeroAvia’s High-Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane (HTPEM) fuel cell stack, which happens to be a turbo-air cooled modular system capable of offering upto to 3.5 kW/kg specific power, and supporting a variety of traditional aviation and VTOL applications. Finally, for advanced fuel cell compressors, the opportunity is rooted in the company’s leading-edge compressor that is well-equipped to support up to 900kW fuel cell applications, and it can do so at the elevation of up to 15,000 feet. Again, manufactured specifically for fuel cell applications, the technology is understood to be in complete compliance with all aerospace standards and regulations.

To build upon that effort, ZeroAvia also took this opportunity to inaugurate a new propulsion center of excellence at Paine Field in Everett, north of Seattle, where it will look to facilitate the production of electric propulsion systems (specifically, power electronics and electric motors) for both its own powertrains and its component offering.

“And with the opening of the new facility today, we are also able show ZeroAvia’s growth from ambitious startup into a clean aerospace manufacturing powerhouse, with a production site officially opened in Everett. The future is bright for clean flight, Washington State!” said Miftakhov.


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