AMSL Aero Bags Government Funding For Zero Emissions Aircraft

Australian green aviation company AMSL Aero has welcomed the Australian Government’s move to back the development of its hydrogen-powered aircraft Vertiia to help first responders and emergency personnel service regional and remote areas.

AMSL Aero will use the A$5.43 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system to power Vertiia, the world’s most efficient long-range zero emissions electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The ARENA grant provides key funding to demonstrate the feasibility of renewable hydrogen as a fuel for a Vertiia with a range of up to 1,000km. Vertiia will be available for markets such as air ambulance, emergency services, and passenger and cargo transport. 

 AMSL Aero Founder and CEO, Andrew Moore said: “The significant funding provided by ARENA will mean that we can accelerate the design, build, and certification activities for our long-range, hydrogen-powered electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft.”

“It will mean that patients and passengers will have earlier access to the aircraft as a result and will play a key role in decarbonising air transport in Australia and abroad. We are very thankful that ARENA backs companies like ours who are committed to clean technology that will benefit society and our planet,” added Moore.

Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said: “AMSL’s aircraft could become an important tool for emergency services personnel, particularly as we face more frequent natural disasters. Green hydrogen and other sustainable aviation fuels are vital to help decarbonise the hard-to-abate aviation sector, now accounting for around 2.5% of global emissions.”