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Investment from United to purchase hydrogen-electric engines  


United Airlines aircraft shortly after takeoff from Madrid, Spain on September 25, 2021.

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United AirlinesZeroAvia is a company that focuses on electric motors powered by hydrogen fuel cells. ZeroAvia has an equity stake.

Under the deal, United said it expects to purchase up to 100 of ZeroAvia’s ZA2000-RJ — an engine it described as zero-emission and 100% hydrogen-electric.

According to the airline’s statement, the engine is “expectedly used in pairs as an additional power source for existing regional planes.”

United indicated that the company plans to enter into a conditional purchase contract for 50 of these engines and an option for 50 others. It said that the tech could be retrofitted onto aircrafts starting in 2028.

Scott Kirby, United’s CEO, stated Monday that hydrogen-electric engines are “one of our most promising routes to zero emission air travel for small aircraft.”

ZeroAvia also announced that it has raised $35 Million in financing. Other participants in the round of funding include United. Alaska Air GroupAn investment in a previously disclosed company was made by.

ZeroAvia claims that it has received $115 million in investment total from various stakeholders, including Shell Ventures and Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund.

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As concerns about sustainability and the environment mount — the World Wildlife Fund describes air travel as “the most carbon intensive activity an individual can make” — discussions around aviation are increasingly focused on how new tech and ideas could cut its environmental footprint.

Numerous companies have been working over the past few years to come up with plans and ideas for zero and low-emission aviation.

Rolls-Royce released its first all-electric aircraft earlier in the year. completed its maiden flightTake to the sky in around 15 minutes.

A hydrogen-fuel-cell plane is due to arrive in september 2020 from ZeroAvia undertook its first flight. It was the same month that saw AirbusDetails of three concept planes that are hydrogen-fueled, released by European aerospace giant claiming they could enter service by 2035.

Some are excited about new forms of aircraft that emit less carbon dioxide, while others in the sector remain skeptical.

Speaking to CNBC in October,Take, for instance: RyanairMichael O’Leary CEO was prudent when discussing the prospects of new technologies within the sector.

“I think…we should be honest again,” said he. “Certainly for the next ten years… I don’t think you’re going to see any — there’s no technology out there that’s going to replace … carbon, jet aviation.”

“I don’t see the arrival of … hydrogen fuels, I don’t see the arrival of sustainable fuels, I don’t see the arrival of electric propulsion systems, certainly not before 2030,” he added.