ZAL Discourse – Automation in Aviation

Can complex processes such as maintenance and repair be automated? What is actually the difference between automatization and automation and where are future fields of application? This was the topic of the last ZAL Discourse “Automation in Aviation” on 25.10.2022. Compared to the automotive industry, automated processes are more difficult to establish in aviation, explained […]


A new lease of life in the service of science

An Airbus A320 is transformed into a field lab for hydrogen technology in Hamburg. The Hydrogen Aviation Lab of Lufthansa Technik, DLR, ZAL and Hamburg Airport is taking shape Hamburg's Senator for Economic Affairs Westhagemann: “We’ve enabled a unique project” Aircraft hull in new design, installation of hydrogen components scheduled for the coming months.


Boarding completed: mint:pink im ZAL

Initiatives such as NAT, mint:pink, ProTechnicale and others are intended to get students excited about (natural) scientific and technical topics. Thanks to committed colleagues, ZAL is a strong supporter of these programs, namely when engineers and researchers at ZAL take the time to talk and give hands-on introductions to their favorite topics.


Go-ahead in Berlin

28th September in Berlin, Federal Minister Dr. Volker Wissing handed over the funding documents for the joint research project LiquiDrone. Which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport with a total of 892,000 euros. LiquiDrone's research focuses on the storage of liquid hydrogen (LH2) as a sustainable energy source for drones. 


Science Slam 2022 a Great Success

At the Science Slam 2022, six slammers with a scientific background once again proved that research also has its share of humor. Topics of the evening were: mobility of tomorrow, hydrogen, chaos and circular economy, green IT as well as space and greenhouses. Beforehand, the slammers received 2×4 hours of professional coaching to perfect their […]


From 30 minutes to 10 hours flight time

The ZALbatros from ZAL GmbH has already proven that the flight time of a drone can be quadrupled by converting from battery operation to hydrogen.  However, the BMDV-funded "LiquiDrone" project is now set to prove that this is only a fraction of what is possible with liquid hydrogen...


Circular Economy meets Aviation

On June 28 we hosted another X meets Aviation event. Together with Dassault Systèmes and Drees & Sommer we focused on Circular Economy. To kick things off, three keynotes presented the environmental, social and economic goals associated with the CE model. Followed by an interdisciplinary exchange among the participants in a World Café format.


ITZ Nord: Information Event & Marketplace – What’s Next?

As one of the main partners of ITZ Nord, the Innovation and Technology Center for Hydrogen Technologies, ZAL invited participants to the ZAL TechCenter on June 9. More than 90 participants from all over Germany came together at a workshop and marketplace on the topic of "ITZ North – Development Status and Next Steps".


UHBR2Noise – more seating comfort in the airplane

Vibrations in the cabin: How can flying become more comfortable? The research project UHBR2Noise is part of the LuFo V-3 program and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection. ZAL GmbH is working closely with Airbus Operations GmbH and Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg on the successfully completed sub-project.


ZAL Innovation Talk – Sustainable Aviation Fuels 5 Years from Now!

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are one of the hottest topics in aviation right now. A recent study by ZAL partner Sustainable Aero Lab shows that public interest for the segment has surged in the last months, bringing it to the global main stage. This seems logical, as in the short- and medium-term, SAF is regarded as a key driver to lower CO2 emissions in aviation.


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