ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

ZAL is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic & research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world’s third-largest civil aviation site, following the motto: Future. Created in Hamburg.


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This is the right place to get to know the ZAL TechCenter better! Discover the research center on a virtual tour and learn more about our topics, infrastructure, and cooperation partners.

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ZAL Yearbook 2020

Here you find the digital version of the ZAL Yearbook 2020 (ZAL-YB-020). All ZAL yearbooks are published annually in english.

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News and Events

Science Slam #4 – We are back!

It´s time again! After a one-year break, the Science Slam of ZAL and Hamburg Aviation is entering the next round. Seven experts will compete on November 4 and present their scientific topics in a humorous way.


70 million euros for hydrogen research in northern Germany

ZAL is at the forefront of the German Technology Center for Hydrogen. The so-called ITZ (Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen) is to conduct research on various topics at several German locations and will be funded with a sum of 290 million euros. The federal government is making up to 70 million euros available to the North German association alone.


InDiKa and the ZAL Endpoint – a lot of digitization in a very small space

The future is digital. In aviation research, this is especially true for the aircraft cabin. Technological innovations and digitization will ensure a smooth and seamless passenger experience in the future: from in-flight entertainment to mood lighting in the cabin. To this end, engineers in the InDiKa department, which stands for Intelligent Digital Cabin, are constantly developing communication technologies and innovative systems.


New hydrogen tank for aeronautical research

The vision of emission-free flying is becoming a bit more of a reality in Hamburg. The ZAL Centre of Applied Aeronautical Research has expanded its hydrogen infrastructure with a 20-meter-high, 100 m³ tank. The tank, provided by the company Air Products who will also supply the needed gaseous hydrogen, suddenly increases the capacities available at the research center twenty-fold.



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