Hydrogen fuel cell technology has incredible potential for aviation. Kilogram for kilogram it offers considerably more power and endurance than batteries when powering an electric engine, with zero carbon emissions and no battery charging down time. This alternative fuel is gaining traction in the automobile industry, but current solutions do not meet the unique safety, power, and weight requirements for aviation.
Dr. Sengupta will discuss the developments at her electric aviation company Hydroplane, where she and her team are developing a bespoke hydrogen fuel cell powerplant for single engine aircraft. She will review the challenges and opportunities of hydrogen and her journey building the first fully hydrogen powered aircraft in the world which has it first flight this summer.