Valley Companies Obtain Funding for Sustainable Aviation Research | Northeast Business News

The Mayor of Tees Valley, Ben Houchen

Two Tees Valley companies have received funding to help develop fuel for a government-backed program to create an aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen.

Project FlyZero, led by the Aerospace Technology Institute, has unveiled its concept of a midsize liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft that could pave the way for carbon-free global travel.

The plane could carry 279 passengers halfway around the world nonstop, or anywhere in the world with just one stop to refuel.

Two companies based in the region have been named winners of the government Green Fuels, Green Skies competition to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production plants in the UK.

Alfanar Energy has been awarded £ 2.4million to advance its Teesside Green Fuels Flagship Project, which will convert household and commercial waste into 180million liters of SAF and liquid hydrocarbon naphtha.

Nova Pangea Technologies, based out of Redcar’s Wilton International, also won £ 484,201 for its partnership with British Airways and LanzaJet for a feasibility study on the design of a facility producing over 100 million liters of SAF per year from woody residues incorporating technology developed by Nova Pangée and LanzaJet.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, working to create cleaner, safer and more secure industries and jobs for tomorrow. healthier.

“We have a series of projects on how we can decarbonize our industrial bases, but now the government is pushing ahead with greening the aviation sector, with bright companies here at the heart of the plans.

“This news is also a great opportunity for Teesside Airport. I want our airport to be the UK’s first hydrogen ready airport and we have already been chosen to host a number of hydrogen tests. . ”

Neil Guilder of Nova Pangea said, “Our success in winning Green Fuels Green Skies and subsequently delivering the Speedbird Project has provided a tremendous catalyst for our company to work with IAG (British Airways) and Alcohol to Jet Technologist Lanzajet. “