Bringing together key figures in aviation, finance, aerospace, renewables, and engineering, the event was a first-of-its-kind aviation hydrogen summit, taking place at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).
The Glasgow Airport Hydrogen Innovation Hub consortium was set up in May 2023, funded by the Scottish government’s £7 million Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, and run by Glasgow Airport and net zero consulting co-developer Ikigai Group.
The consortium delivered a feasibility study to 100 of the summit’s attendees. In the presentation, the consortium stated that the development phase to generate, distribute, and store hydrogen could commence this year.
Jon Matthews, Group Head of Capital Investment and Planning at AGS Airports, owners of Glasgow Airport, said: “Hydrogen is becoming an increasingly viable option for regional and short-haul aircraft.”
Gillian Martin, Scotland’s Energy and Environment Minister, said: “This project is driving technological progress and advancing innovation … We are also working to decarbonise scheduled flights within Scotland by 2040.”
This time last year, ZeroAvia, a developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Shell, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, and Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport.