Universal Hydrogen lands an order for 20 turboprop conversions

American company Universal Hydrogen has received a firm order to convert 20 regional aircraft to run on green hydrogen. The order is from Canadian aviation firm Avmax, a regional aircraft lessor, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) engineering company and global aircraft operator.

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Universal hydrogen (Universal) focused on regional and narrow organizations/one-way aircraft as the most attractive opportunities for hydrogen projects. He developed hydrogen conversion kits ATR 72-600 and De Havilland Dash 8, allowing Avmax to choose between two types of aircraft for his 20 transformations.


Universal’s focus is on regional jets such as the Dash 8 and ATR 72

Universal Hydrogen has developed hydrogen conversion kits for the ATR 72 and De Havilland Dash 8 aircraft using its own aircraft. Photo: Universal Hydrogen

Canada has the largest turboprop fleet in the world, with around 300 de Havilland units Dash 8p and 50 ATR flying to more than 120 airports. Universal co-founder and CEO Paul Jaromenko said, “As air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, expanding countries like Canada are rebuilding regional routes to reconnect communities and stimulate economic activity. We’re excited to partner with Avmax to deliver hydrogen to the Canadian sky.”

Universal isn’t the only tech company looking for new ways to power the Dash 8 and ATR, but it has a strong difference. It has taken on the task of developing a hydrogen fuel distribution network and will supply hydrogen fuel to supply Avmax’s leased and owned fleets. Where to safely store liquid hydrogen on board an aircraft is a problem that Universal has solved by using aluminum to make liquid hydrogen cryogenic tanks. However, it will likely use lighter composite materials to store and transport hydrogen gas, which does not need to be stored at cryogenic temperatures.

The Avmax’s extensive maintenance and engineering capabilities mean it can become maintenance to Universal partners, especially because it is a Transport Canada an authorized design approval organization and an authorized maintenance, repair and overhaul organization. It has branches in Canada, USA, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, Kenya, Chad and UK. Scott Greig, Senior Vice President and Head of Avmax Aircraft Leasing, said Canada is the largest regional turboprop market in the world, placing the onus on companies like Avmax to identify and apply technologies that allow us to grow while reducing our impact. on the environment.

As an aircraft operator and landlord, Avmax is counting on hydrogen power as its contribution to the decarbonisation of aviation towards zero emissions. He sees Universal’s regional conversion kits as a way for existing and future aircraft to run on green hydrogen. It also greatly contributes to how Universal simultaneously unlocks competitive and scalable logistics for hydrogen fuel. Greig added:

“Offering our customers truly zero-emission products and services sets us apart, and we hope other airlines in Canada follow suit. We see green hydrogen as the only solution for the full decarbonisation of the industry and we are delighted that Universal Hydrogen has started working on regional aviation solutions.”

Universal has an impressive list of clients

Connect Airlines plans to operate Dash 8-400 flights between Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport and several U.S. airports. Photo: Connect Airlines

In June Universal Hydrogen and Connect Airlines signed a firm order to convert 75 ATR 72-600 aircraft to hydrogen transmissions with an option to purchase 25 more conversions. Deliveries are due to begin in 2025, and Universal will provide fuel services to the Connect fleet. Universal offers hydrogen fueling services to airports using modular capsule technology that allows the fuel to be handled through conventional cargo networks. This eliminates the need for expensive infrastructure upgrades and makes virtually every airport worldwide hydrogen-ready.

Universal has signed agreements with several other customers and is gaining momentum and support on its journey to sustainable regional aviation. Do you think this is one of the best proposals to reach net zero by 2050?

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