The HEAVEN (High powEr density FC system for Aerial Passenger VEhicle fueled by liquid HydrogeN) kick-off meeting was held on 30 – 31 January, 2019 at the Ayesa Foundation offices in Seville (Spain).

HEAVEN main target is to design, develop and integrate a powertrain based on high power fuel cell and cryogenic technology into an existing 2-4 seats aircraft for testing in flight operation. Specifically, the project proposes to design a modular architecture with modular systems that can be scale-up to other sizes of aircrafts and UAV applications and integrated with optimized balance of plant components to obtain an enhanced 90kW fuel cell system able to propel without applied in previous space applications in order to achieve a gravimetric index of about 15% for a hydrogen payload between 10 and 25 kg that provide an autonomy range to the demonstrator of 8 hours.

During the meetings all issues related to the commencement, management, finance and technicalities of the HEAVEN project were presented and discussed. The participants mostly focused on the technologies to be used, specifications of materials and methods, requirements of end users and industrial scenarios for the implementation of the project results. The partners engaged in technical discussions during the two days and were committed in the project tasks, as foreseen in the Grant Agreement.

The HEAVEN project is supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under the European Union – Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation, under grant agreement No 826247.

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