Born from an idea by HES Energy Systems, Element One is the first hydrogen aircraft designed for regional passenger transport, capable of covering distances from a minimum of 500 to a maximum of 5,000 kilometers.
A hydrogen-powered aircraft designed for regional passenger transport. After 12 years of developing hydrogen propulsion systems for small unmanned aircraft, HES Energy Systems is ready to take a leap forward and present its latest creation: Element One, an airliner powered entirely by hydrogen, and therefore with zero emissions.
The aircraft operates by combining ultralight hydrogen fuel cells with a distributed propulsion system for electric aircraft, which in fact exceeds the performance offered by lithium batteries, greatly extending flight time.
The Element One, in fact, has been designed to carry a maximum of 4 passengers on routes of 500 to 5,000 kilometers, depending on whether the hydrogen is stored in a gaseous or liquid form – better performance than any battery electric attempt made so far , which opens up new air routes between smaller cities and rural areas using the existing airport network.
For HES founder Taras Wankewycz, Element One ” paves the way for hydrogen as a long-range renewable fuel for electric aviation .”
Last year, HES worked with a number of rapidly growing start-ups and explored various locations to build its prototype, including the Aerospace Valley, the global aeronautical research and development center located in Toulouse; It is currently negotiating with industrial-scale hydrogen producers to explore efficient power supply systems that use locally produced solar or wind energy. In an effort to explore new business models that help position Element One in new travel segments, HES has aligned its zero-emission aviation plan with Wingly, a French startup that offers shared flight services.
” We have analyzed the millions of destination searches performed by a community of 200,000 users, including pilots and passengers, on our platform and confirmed that there is a great need for interregional transportation between secondary cities ,” said Wingly CEO Emeric de Waziers. A formula that can make this type of transport have no impact in terms of emissions. The first prototype of the hydrogen-powered Element One aircraft is planned for before 2025.
More information: hes.sg