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ZeroAvia unveils AI software to reduce hydrogen production costs

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


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Real-world testing of the Smart Hydrogen AI Production Software (SHAIPS) has shown in excess of a 20% reduction of the levellised cost of hydrogen (LCOH) compared to an electrolyser generating all H2 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, 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 H2 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.  

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Major policy initiatives are already pushing the world towards an era of low-cost hydrogen production. In the US the DOE targets $1 per kg of hydrogen by 2030 and is investing $7 billion in Hydrogen Hubs across the country, while the Inflation Reduction Act established up to $3 per kg of hydrogen as part of a production tax credit. In the EU, mandates now require member states to build hydrogen refueling stations at fixed intervals and a newly established EU Hydrogen Bank will provide projects with fixed premium support.  

Val Miftakhov, 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 levellised cost of hydrogen will fall over time but we are seeking to accelerate that transition through innovation.”

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With a 2025 target for entry in service of its fuel cell powertrains, the company 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 Refueling 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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