A hydrogen-powered plane will take to the skies over the UK in little over a year under government-backed plans to cut aircraft emissions. Experts are working to develop a six-seater light aircraft to operate at distances of up to 350 miles, the equivalent of a journey from London to Edinburgh. Zeroavia, a California start-up, will develop the technology in the UK. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will announce today that it has awarded the company a £2.7 million grant to drive the project forward. It is the latest in a series of attempts to find green alternatives to aircraft powered by jet fuel. Aviation accounts for 2 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions but this is expected to rise dramatically over the next two decades. A number of companies are working on the development of electric aircraft, with Easyjet seeking to produce a battery-powered, 120-seat aircraft by the end of the next decade. Some experts doubt that pure electric long-haul flights are feasible because the batteries needed would be too big and heavy for a full-size passenger jet.
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