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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.

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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.

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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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Hamburg makes aviation fit for hydrogen

The aerospace industry in Hamburg is preparing for flying with hydrogen. Therefore, the starting signal has now sounded for the set-up of a new development platform. Over the next two years and with funds provided by the city of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL), and Hamburg Airport will design and test extensive maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology. For this purpose, an aircraft of the Airbus A320 family will be converted into a stationary laboratory at Lufthansa Technik’s base in Hamburg.

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Tackling the challenges of post-covid today…

...that is the credo at the ZAL TechCenter, where a new robot is being set up these days. Although automation and digitalization were already trendsetting before the crisis, they were further accelerated when the pandemic hit and have since heralded a digital transformation at many companies. Aviation, which was hit particularly hard by the crisis, is not exempt from this.

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