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ZeroAvia unveils AI software to slash hydrogen production costs

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Global Hydrogen Review,

ZeroAvia has developed an AI-driven, scalable smart microgrid optimisation software which promises to minimise the cost of hydrogen production for clean aviation and other applications.

Real-world testing of the Smart Hydrogen AI Production Software (SHAIPS) has shown in excess of a 20% reduction of the levelised cost of hydrogen (LCOH) compared to an electrolyser generating all hydrogen based on the average electricity wholesale price. In order to test the software on real hardware, the company’s advanced software division, based in Silicon Valley, US, worked with its hydrogen infrastructure team to develop a working sub-scale smart microgrid in California, inclusive of renewable generation (solar), battery storage system, electrolysers, and gaseous hydrogen storage.

The hardware testing has validated many of the underlying assumptions in modelled scenarios, proving the applicability of the software for delivering cost-effective and eco-friendly hydrogen production. SHAIPS will allow the producer to set a limit on the carbon intensity of hydrogen production, meaning the hydrogen can qualify for the most generous subsidies in their geography.

With ZeroAvia’s approach, excess renewable electricity can be stored as hydrogen, in batteries, or sold back to the grid. The system will also draw capacity from the grid for hydrogen production at periods of low carbon intensity energy and low cost, with the microgrid solar energy preserved in battery storage for use when most economically and environmentally sound.

Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO, ZeroAvia, said: “Tomorrow’s aviation fuel can be made from water and sunlight with today’s technology, the only question is cost. Our advanced software team has delivered an impactful application that can provide end users in aviation, transport and other industries the clean hydrogen fuel they need to operate, at costs that work for all parties. It is inevitable that the levelised cost of hydrogen will fall over time, but we are seeking to accelerate that transition through innovation.”

SHAIPS was developed by a seasoned team that was previously involved in creating, a leading smart-grid charging station network control and management system which featured advanced algorithms for electric grid load balancing and could manage demand/response requests from grid infrastructure.

With a 2025 target for entry in service of its fuel cell powertrains, ZeroAvia is also pressing ahead to develop the hydrogen fuel ecosystem necessary to support aviation. This began with the demonstration of its world-first hydrogen airport refuelling ecosystem (HARE), now deployed at two separate airport locations. The current HARE system is composed of electrolytic production, mobile storage and distribution and also a fixed pipeline for moving hydrogen from landside to airside.

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