With its conversion kits, will the start-up Universal Hydrogen overtake Airbus in the hydrogen plane?

And if hydrogen took off faster than expected in aviation thanks to the Nespresso model… It is the certainty of Universal Hydrogen, which claims the comparison. This American start-up has developed conversion kits to upgrade existing planes to hydrogen. And it is to mature its zero-emission aircraft solution that it has just announced, Monday, September 20, its decision to set up its second engineering and design center in Toulouse, in the B16 hangar of the Toulouse-Blagnac airport.

Created less than two years ago and based in Los Angeles, Universa Hydrogen has not hidden its ambitions for several months, especially in terms of schedule. Namely: manage to fly a regional aircraft with hydrogen from 2025, certification included. Either ten years ahead of what Airbus is planning, which is banking on the launch of an aircraft for 2035.

A difference that can be explained by a radically different approach. When the aircraft manufacturer is developing a new aircraft from A to Z, the American start-up is betting on the modernization of existing turboprop engines – ATR 72s and De Havilland Dash-8s – which would be equipped with its conversion kits.


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