2022 Hydrogen Aviation Workshop

H2Aviation 2022

1st Hydrogen Aviation Workshop
March 29–31, 2022 @ Long Beach, California, USA — Save the Date!

Leading Experts to Address Hydrogen for Aviation  

Following up on the successful programs on hydrogen for aviation produced by the VFS Hydrogen electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Council in 2020-2021, VFS is hosting the next logical follow-on, a workshop to bring leading experts to discuss the promise, progress and barriers of implementing hydrogen fuel cells for eVTOL and other types of propeller aircraft.

Topics include aviation-relevant hydrogen storage (onboard and ground), production, transport, use cases and cross-industry applications, as well as aircraft system considerations. 

The event will feature two days (March 29–30) of informative presentations and insightful discussions as well as planning for future initiatives — plus a tour of Toyota's hydrogen facilities at the Port of Long Beach, California, on March 31.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Long Beach at 701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90831-3102. A discounted room rate has been negotiated, so please book your room within the hotel block to support the meeting — link coming soon!

There are a limited number of sponsorships available:

  • Platinum Sponsorship (3 max): $5,000 — includes top-billing logos/signage, digital flyer, three complimentary registrations and a 20-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)
  • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, digital flyer, two complimentary registrations and a 10-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)
  • Silver Sponsorship (5 max): $1,000 — includes logos/signage, digital flyer and one complimentary registration (no speaking slot). (Subject to approval and availability)

More details can be found in the Sponsorship Application. Questions? Please contact Valerie Sheehan for more information.

Background

Hydrogen fuel cells have been tested and flown on several multirotor and fixed-wing drones, successfully demonstrating flights over 10 hours. For larger heavier eVTOL aircraft that require more power than a drone for takeoff, the combination of batteries and fuel cells could achieve zero-emission, all-electric, long-range flights.

Despite the clear advantages of utilizing hydrogen, it still hasn’t been adopted in aviation at large. Both gaseous and liquid hydrogen are difficult to store. Other impediments like the lack of infrastructure, transporting hydrogen and high costs are all results of hydrogen storage intricacies. It’s certainly possible to store hydrogen at scale.

Although multiple hydrogen councils, consortia and government bodies have published white papers and roadmaps with useful information, they rarely mention aviation. The Council is engaging with the government, industry and academic organizations to ensure that H2 for eVTOL, eSTOL and eVTOL is not forgotten — because aviation has been the slowest transportation industry to decarbonize and stands to benefit the most from hydrogen. Although the VFS Hydrogen Council has been primarily focused on vertical flight, the technology and regulationatory challenges are broadly applicable to all FAA Part 23 small airplanes (as well as H2 VTOL aircraft certified as Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft). 

VFS formed its Hydrogen Council in 2020 to tackle these tough challenges by bringing the world’s hydrogen and aviation experts together. Meanwhile, companies and governments around the world are investing significant new money into hydrogen aviation. VFS hopes to help accelerate the future of sustainable flight with this game-changing capability.

Learn more about hydrogen for aircraft from dozens of VFS news postings from the past five years. 


Updated Jan 19, 2022