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.


Hydrogen power for humanitarian missions: ZAL GmbH and drone manufacturer Wingcopter launch development partnership

ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH and Wingcopter, the German developer and operator of delivery drones, have announced a development partnership. Together, they intend to explore the potential of green hydrogen to power Wingcopter's drones, which are already purely electric, and develop a sustainable, hydrogen-based propulsion system. The propulsion system will later be produced by Wingcopter itself and installed in its delivery drones.

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ZAL Innovation Talk – Hydrogen in Aviation and Maritime 5 Years From Now

What role will hydrogen play in aviation and shipping in the next five years? And how will Hamburg’s hydrogen infrastructure change? These were the central questions discussed at the ZAL Innovation Talk on February 22nd, where Roland Gerhards, CEO of ZAL, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn from the Fraunhofer Institute for Maritime Logistics talked about […]


Call for slammers!

17, 18, 19... 21? That's right! After a one-year break, the Science Slam by ZAL and Hamburg Aviation goes into the next round. And we are looking for you! On September 22, you'll have the opportunity to entertain your audience with a witty 10-minute slam!


Big Data flying soon

The smart aircraft cabin of the future takes the travel experience to a new level. Fast Wi-Fi for streaming favorite series on personal devices, smart lighting for increased well-being and less jetlag, and individual temperature control at the seat provide personalized comfort in the aircraft cabin. Additional cabin services can be booked via smartphone, allowing […]


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