UK consortium to deliver world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services using hydrogen fuel cell technology.

At Cranfield Aerospace Solutions we are passionate about aerospace, the decarbonisation of aviation and its contribution to combating the effects of climate change.

With Project Fresson, we are taking our first step to realize the dream of zero-carbon passenger flight.

In 2023, we plan to take to the skies with a Britten-Norman Islander converted to hydrogen fuel cell power.

But this is only the beginning.

Project Fresson

Following on from Project Fresson, the Islander conversion will be industrialised and certified for flight, meaning that, by 2025, passengers could be boarding the world’s first zero-carbon passenger aircraft.

To this end, the UK consortium involved in Project Fresson is singularly focussed on delivering a technology demonstrator with a clear route to passenger-carrying service. It is not enough for the technology to work; it must be commercially viable.

It is only by getting new technology to market that we will really make a difference.

That is our mission.

That is WHY we do what we do.

Covid-19 has caused the biggest crisis in aviation’s history. It’s important that, as the sector builds back better, it does so with sustainability at its heart. Project Fresson is more than just a technology demonstrator; it has one focus above all others: real operational and commercial viability.

Jenny Kavanagh, Chief Strategy Officer, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

Project Fresson is supported by the ATI Programme, a joint Government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace design and manufacture. The programme, delivered through a partnership between the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK, addresses technology, capability and supply chain challenges.

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