2023 H2-Aero Symposium

H2-Aero 2023

The 1st H2-Aero Symposium & Workshop was a first-of-its-kind event in North America! The available presentations and video recordings (free for members) are available to maximize understanding of the potential for hydrogen for aero applications. An in-depth summary article was also published in the May/June 2022 issue of Vertifite. 

Save the date for next year's event! See initial details below:

2nd Annual H2-Aero Symposium
March 28–30, 2023 @ Hilton Long Beach, California
701 West Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90831-3102
Telephone: (562) 983-3400

Leading Experts to Address Hydrogen for Aero Applications

Following up on the successful programs on hydrogen for aviation produced by the VFS hydrogen electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) working groups since May 2020, VFS is hosting the next major event, our 2nd Annual H2-Aero Symposium. This event is being planned and organized by the VFS H2-Aero Team to help accelerate development and scale both the hydrogen infrastructure as well as the fuel cell aircraft.

The event will feature two days, March 28–29, 2023, of groundbreaking presentations with the latest cutting-edge developments by a who's who of the hydrogen aviation and fuel cell community. In addition, there will be an open forum on fuel cell aircraft demonstrations and hydrogen hubs for airports. As a plus, there will be a tour of nearby hydrogen facilities on Thursday morning, March 30.

Registration: $350 for VFS members and $450 for non-members. The fee includes lunches, coffee, access to the meetings and event video recordings, and access to the tour. 


There are challenges in decarbonizing the aerospace industry, especially due to lightweighting and powertrain needs. Larger, heavier eVTOL aircraft that require more power for sustained flight need fuel cells with hydrogen combined with batteries to achieve zero-emission, all-electric, long-range flights.

Despite the clear advantages of utilizing hydrogen, it still hasn’t been widely embraced as an accepted propulsion approach in North America. Though sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a good transition fuel that helps to reduce CO2, it does not answer all the questions for net-zero greehouse gas emissions. Hydrogen, on the other hand, holds tremendous potential in this area.

With the passage of the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the US government has committed $8B to support the development of hydrogen hubs. In addition, the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act offered significant incentatives for the large-scale use of hydrogen. Thus, there is great opportunity to utilize these resources towards outfitting hydrogen at airports. 

Both gaseous and liquid hydrogen are standardized in ground vehicles, but not yet at scale for use for aircraft. Other impediments include the lack of infrastructure, transporting hydrogen and high costs due to the scale of the industry today. The H2-Aero initiative is seeking to think ‘outside the box’ as it’s certainly possible to bring hydrogen at scale, especially in conjunction with other forms of transportation such as airport ground equipment. The H2-Aero Team is publishing a white paper on “Developing a Multimodal H2-Airport Hub” to cover the scenario for scaling a "Hydrogen Hub" for both ground vehicles and aircraft with combined storage, distribution and production.

Although multiple hydrogen consortia and government bodies have published roadmaps, and the UK and European Union have made great strides in this area, there has been surprisingly little traction for hydrogen aviation in the US. The H2-Aero Team is engaging with government, industry and academic organizations to bring hydrogen for the range of aircraft — from eVTOL, eRotor, eSTOL, LTA and eCTOL to the forefront — because aviation is one of the most challenging transportation industries to decarbonize and stands to benefit the most from hydrogen.

Join the H2-Aero Team! 

Led by the Chair, Jesse Schneider of ZEV Station, along with a team of experts from around the aviation and hydrogen industries, VFS formed H2-Aero in January 2022 to tackle these tough challenges. The goal is to unite the US voice in bringing hydrogen to market in aviation by developing a white paper with a roadmap for a Public-Private-Partnership with government and industry. The VFS H2-Aero Team is pushing the envelope to accelerate commercialization of hydrogen aviation.

Get involved: The H2-Aero Team meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT. Sign up for the mailing list!

Updated Sept. 16, 2022

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:

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Sponsorship Information: 

  • Platinum Sponsorship: $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: $2,500 — includes logos/signage, digital flyer, two complimentary registrations and a 10-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)
  • Silver Sponsorship: $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 (coming soon). Questions? Please contact Nicolas Zart for more information.

Book your hotel room: 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 plan to book your room by March 1 within the hotel block to support the meeting — link coming soon. Booking through the official link provides discounted parking, free wifi, a fully refundable reservation (through March 20) and the lowest price at the hotel.