Much acclaimed first hydrogen flight (6 seater…

Much acclaimed first hydrogen flight (6 seater plane) used hydrogen generated by high carbon grid electricity
2020-10-02 21:37:00
The alleged first test flight of a tiny plane fuelled by hydrogen took place recently. The plane was a little 6 seater, and it flew on a small circuit from Cranfield airport.  There was much hype about this supposedly huge technical leap, to a zero carbon fuel.  In reality, the New Scientist ascertained that the hydrogen was produced using grid electricity, which therefore caused the emission of carbon dioxide, as most grid electricity is produced from fossil fuels.  UK and US-based ZeroAvia flew the plane  saying it was the first hydrogen fuel cell flight of a commercial-size aircraft. The company hailed the test as “the first step to realising the transformational possibilities of moving from fossil fuels to zero-emission hydrogen”.  UK aviation minister Robert Courts said the flight was a sign of the “commitment of government of ensuring we get to net-zero” emissions and a “historic” moment for aviation. The hydrogen was produced using an electrolyser, which splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. However, ZeroAvia admitted that this was not using low carbon energy (in September around 40% of UK grid electricity was produced from oil or gas). Genuinely low carbon hydrogen on any scale is years away. .Tweet     ‘Zero emissions’ hydrogen plane test was part powered by fossil fuels 30 September 2020By Adam Vaughan (New Scientist) . The first test flight of a hydrogen passenger plane ran on fuel produced in large part by fossil fuels, the company behind the plane has admitted. UK and US-based ZeroAvia last week flew a six-seater plane running on hydrogen instead of kerosene, saying it was the first hydrogen fuel cell flight of a commercial-size aircraft. The company hailed the test as “the first step to realising the transformational possibilities of moving from fossil fuels to zero-emission hydrogen”. UK aviation minister Robert Courts said the flight was a sign of the “commitment of government of ensuring we get to net-zero” emissions and a “historic” moment for aviation. The hydrogen was produced using an electrolyser, which splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. However, ZeroAvia has now told New Scientist that the electricity required to do this was supplied by the UK grid, meaning the ultimate source of energy was, in large part, fossil fuels. The grid has cleaned up rapidly in recent years, but is still polluting. On average in September, 42 per cent of UK electricity supplies were from gas and coal power stations, meaning every megawatt hour generated released 185 kg of CO2, according to figures supplied by Iain Stafell at Imperial College London. Typically, “green hydrogen” is considered to be hydrogen made using an electrolyser powered by 100 per cent renewable sources. Read more: Hydrogen has a dirty secret – let’s not think it’s always a green fuel ZeroAvia’s disclosure has prompted warnings of the risk of greenwashing. Environmentalists have raised concerns in recent months that growing promotion of hydrogen as a clean fuel source has largely ignored the fact it is currently mostly produced using fossil fuels, directly or indirectly. Tara Connolly at Friends of the Earth Europe says: “This news confirms our misgivings that hydrogen is already being used today to greenwash polluting industries and mo

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