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.


Step Inside our Virtual Tour

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

Flying Green Tomorrow – the new hydrogen tank at ZAL

The big question shaping the future of aviation is: How do we make aviation more sustainable? One way to achieve this, which Hamburg, as the world's third-largest aviation location, has taken up, is hydrogen. This means moving away from fossil fuels and toward low-emission aircraft. An important step for Hamburg is the new hydrogen storage facility at ZAL.


Digital TechWalk 2 – Experience ZAL virtually

On March 16th, the ZAL TechCenter opened its virtual doors for the second time. In joining our moderator Lukas Kästner, the participants explored the building: Yet another chance to gain exciting insights into the (collaborative) work of the resident companies.


Project ANKA, the Autonomous Sustainable Cabin

The LuFo 6.1 research project ANKA, short for the autonomous sustainable cabin, was launched in October 2020. On this project, ZAL GmbH is working closely with the interior noise department of Airbus. The goal is to develop new measurement and simulation methods for the quiet cabin.



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