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Reaction Engines joins Cranfield Aerospace on Project Fresson to develop hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft
Wednesday, 20 October 2021

We are pleased to announce that Reaction Engines has joined the Project Fresson consortium led by Cranfield Aerospace (CAeS). Project Fresson aims to accelerate the journey to zero-emissions passenger-carrying aircraft through using hydrogen fuel cell technology and Reaction Engines has been selected to provide the fuel cell cooling technology.

With Reaction Engines' expertise gained through developing revolutionary thermal management technology on the SABRE programme and for applications in the motorsport, energy, and aerospace industries, we are well-placed to develop an innovative solution on a truly unique project and act as a key enabler of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Rob Marsh, Project Fresson Chief Engineer had this to say, "Reaction Engines bring to Fresson their world-leading thermal management technology, which is critical to our hydrogen propulsion development; in return, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Project Fresson provide a credible and quick route to flight demonstration and certification of this exciting technology."

Project Fresson is a UK funded project via the Aerospace Technology Institute to integrate hydrogen fuel cell technology into a 9-seat Britten Norman Islander. Reaction Engines will develop a bespoke ultra-low drag heat rejection system to deliver the project's fuel cell cooling requirements.

Thomas Burvill, Director of Applied Technologies at Reaction Engines had this to say about the project, "Project Fresson represents an opportunity to leverage Reaction Engines' unique thermal management technology developed over a number of years across a range of industries. We are excited to be part of this important project and look forward to playing our part in moving the needle on zero-emissions flight"

Reaction Engines joins a host of prestigious British companies on the consortium, including Ricardo, Britten-Norman and Innovatus Technologies who will work together to accelerate hydrogen fuel cell technology and prove its operational and commercial viability.

Jenny Kavanagh, Chief Strategy Officer at CAeS had this to say regarding Reaction Engines joining the consortium, "We are delighted to welcome Reaction Engines to the FRESSON consortium; another UK company joining us in pushing the boundaries to achieve zero-emissions passenger flight".

Project Fresson marks the latest initiative in a series of sustainable technology projects that Reaction Engines is involved in. Last year it launched HXLIFE Foils, an isothermal battery cooling system for electric vehicles that extends range and battery life as well as significantly reducing charging times. The company has also developed a waste heat recovery heat exchanger for Brunel University using Supercritical CO2 as the working fluid to significantly reduce carbon emissions in industrial processes.

Mark Thomas, CEO of Reaction Engines concluded, "Reaction Engines is committed to developing sustainable technologies that underpin UK and global net-zero targets. Through our ground-breaking work in batteries for electric vehicles, waste heat recovery and hydrogen fuel cell cooling, we are using our experience, technology and intellectual property to drive real change".

Contact details from our directory:
Reaction Engines Ltd Engine Heat Exchangers, Turbojet Engines
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd Research/Consulting Services, Testing Services, Certification Services, Airborne Electrical Power Supplies, Fuel Cells, Fabricating Services, Flight Management Systems
ATI Aerospace Technology Institute Airframer, Research/Consulting Services, Technical/Eng/Scientific Studies
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