California-based startup, H2 Clipper, has announced that it has completed a wind tunnel simulation test using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of its “Pipeline-In-The-Sky” hydrogen airship.
The analysis confirms that the airship’s aerodynamic design achieves an extremely low level of residual drag and is another step in validating the airship’s operating performance and the company’s cost modeling.
The H2 Clipper airship design is the result of radical innovation and rethinking of lighter-than-air flight for global fuel and cargo transportation. The airship uses the latest hydrogen fuel cells and powerful electric motors to span globe-spanning distances of more than 6,000 miles (9,656 km) at speeds of 175 mph (281 km/h) or more. It uses the lifting power of hydrogen to carry 340,000 pounds (150 metric tons) of payload. With a cargo area of over 265,000 cubic feet, the H2 Clipper has 8 to 10 times more cargo space than any other air freighter.
H2 Clipper has received several patents on the use of an airship to deliver liquid hydrogen to market, offering economic and logistical advantages over other bulk hydrogen delivery methods. By transporting clean and cheap energy produced from renewable sources to markets with high energy demand, H2 Clipper solves the economical and efficient challenges of transporting hydrogen from where it can be produced at the lowest cost. to where it is most needed.
The company plans to build a prototype by 2025 and fly a full-size hydrogen airship in 2028.
In 2021, H2 Clipper was selected for inclusion in Dassault Systèmes’ exclusive 3DEXPERIENCE Lab accelerator program. He will help H2 Clipper advance its mission to develop and market a global fleet of 100% green airships that will transform the hydrogen and airline industry.