The company will also seek to create hydrogen conversion hangars strategically located in jet aircraft hubs across the world to target large fleet owners with an initial focus on North America, which has the highest concentration of jets in the world, before expanding to Europe and Asia.
Potential customers will be able to fly their plane in and have it converted into one that operates on carbon-free fuel.
Aviation H2 currently has an agreement with Australian specialist charter flight operator FalconAir which allows it to carry out the prototype conversion work at its partner’s facility at Bankstown.
This also allows the company to benefit from FalconAir’s familiarity with the Dassault Falcon 50 business jet, chosen to test its technology on.
Its conversion work is progressing well with Dr Mayer telling Stockhead that test work with its tubular combustion chamber is moving forward and will help the company fully understand the parameters that have to be in placed on the engine to make sure the liquid ammonia-powered flame burns steadily.
While these engines will not be used for flight testing, they will be used to demonstrate the full range of operation, which will allow the company to perform the same modifications on an existing aircraft and begin test flights.
“Once we have flown successful test flights, we will have proven the viability of our conversion technology and expand our offering to include other jets and engines,” Dr Mayer added.