Swiss Company's Jet to Cut Europe-Australia Flights to 4 Hours
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Swiss company Destinus is leading the charge in revolutionizing air transportation with its innovative hydrogen-powered passenger plane. The company has been testing the plane for two years and has seen successful flights, leading the Spanish Ministry of Science to choose Destinus to participate in a strategic initiative and secure funding for the further research and development of supersonic flights using hydrogen as fuel.
Partnering for Progress: Spanish Government Funds Hydrogen Engine Testing
Companies, technology centers, and Spanish universities have joined forces to work on a project worth €12 million. Destinus is also collaborating with Spanish engine manufacturer ITP Aero on the construction of a hydrogen engine testing facility.
The Spanish government has agreed to finance the construction of a test facility near Madrid, while another project worth €15 million will focus on the use of liquid hydrogen. Hydrogen energy is garnering increased attention due to its "green credentials." Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created 3D printed catalysts that can enable flight five times faster than sound and reduce the extreme heat generated when planes fly fast.
This could lead to future commercial airlines flying from London to New York in approximately 90 minutes.
Reducing Flight Time
Destinus claims that its technology will allow a flight from Frankfurt to Sydney to take just 4 hours and 15 minutes, and a flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai to just 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The project is part of Spain's efforts to be at the forefront of developing and producing hydrogen-based vehicles for transportation in various sectors.
Access to EU Recovery Funds Essential for Deep Tech Companies
Davide Bonetti, VP Business Development and Products for Destinus, expressed his delight at the grants awarded to the company.
"For deep tech companies like us, access to these EU recovery funds is essential to carry out advanced research and accelerate the innovation needed to be competitive on a global scale. With these grants, hydrogen-based solutions for aeronautical mobility will be one step closer to becoming a reality"