Power up with hydrogen

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Develop hydrogen fuel cell based Aircraft propulsion system with overall efficiency of 50 % by 2026 being aligned with assumptions for the HERA aircraft architecture. The system shall be directly applicable for the largest CS-23 class of 19-seater commuters to collect the vital operational experience with envisioned evolution to higher class Aircraft.

Key concept

NEWBORN develops and demonstrate the TRL 4 ground demonstrator of the overall propulsion system using fuel cells technology for electricity generation. The focus given on the optimization of the aircraft efficiency, as opposed to treating purely the stack power density. The project further brings the technology of aerospace stacks from Clean Hydrogen, improving on their power density, durability, and modularity.


13 partners with solid experience in Aircraft architecture and integration, fuel cell systems and high power electronics, will work on 28 key enabling technologies. The consortium structure covers the key technology elements of the project, exploitation of its market potential, and benefits from participation of leading european research institutions.

Project goals

To demonstrate the scalable fuel cell power source technology as 1MW modules, which can be paralleled to exceed the 3 MW power levels.

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