The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) is holding its 2nd Annual H2-Aero Symposium on 28–30 March 2023 at Long Beach, California, with events that include the SAE International airport fueling standards meeting.
“Last year’s event was the first conference in North America on hydrogen for aviation, with pioneering presentations from the government, aviation and hydrogen industry that led to the development of a groundbreaking whitepaper,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director. The Multimodal Hydrogen Airport Hub whitepaper brings ground and airport transportation together with a hydrogen hub concept.
Jesse Schneider, VFS H2-Aero Chair and CEO of ZEV Station, added: “This year’s H2-Aero Symposium features presentations including two fuel-cell aircraft programs now taking flight. This year’s theme is taking hydrogen to the next level of acceptance, from policy to integration developments in aircraft and airports.”
The H2-Aero whitepaper published last year is being used as a baseline for discussions on hydrogen in aerospace, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Washington DC to Hydrogen Hub discussions in California. The evolution of the fuelling portion of the whitepaper is SAE AIR 8466 standardization. Symposium attendees are invited to attend SAE’s first meeting dedicated to aerospace hydrogen.
The 2nd Annual H2-Aero Symposium will feature presentations from Airbus, Bell, Bartini, Hydroplane, Piasecki Aircraft and ZeroAvia, and hydrogen infrastructure companies Shell, Universal Hydrogen and ZEV Station. In addition, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) BALIS project will be presented by AVL List.
Also featured are talks from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Department of Defense (DoD), FAA, NASA and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as well as the non-profit Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership (H2FCP) and Fuel Cell Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA).
Following the Symposium, SAE International will hold the first face-to-face meeting of its new AE-5CH Hydrogen Airport Taskgroup. The goal is to work towards standardisation of the hydrogen value chain at the airport, starting with SAE International’s AIR8466 ‘Hydrogen Fueling of Aircraft, in both gaseous and liquid form’ under development.
The SAE meeting will also feature a demonstration on NREL’s H2FILLS tool that is proposed to be used to simulate a wide variety of hydrogen aircraft fueling.
The VFS H2-Aero Symposium is sponsored by Bartini and SAE International, with Toray Advanced Composites, ZeroAvia, Piasecki and ZEV Station supporting the event. The agenda and details are posted at www.vtol.org/h2symposium