The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered, passenger-transport aircraft being developed in Hungarian-American cooperation was presented at Jakabszállás in Bács-Kiskun County.
Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics said at a press conference at the airport in Jakabszallas that the hydrogen economy is one of the foundations of climate protection.
He recalled the development of the Hungarian hydrogen economy as a separate chapter in the energy and climate strategy presented on Tuesday, as it is expected that a fourth one will soon be added to the artificial intelligence, industry 4.0 and 5G technology platforms. The automotive industry is still the flagship of the Hungarian economy, but due to the investments, legal and professional decisions of recent years, the aerospace industry has started to develop strongly.
Drone development meets future expectations
According to László Palkovics, the proposed drone development meets all three future expectations of the Hungarian economy, as it is high-tech, green and Hungarian.
As he said, development is high-tech, as the aerospace industry is constantly evolving and drones will become more important in the coming period. It also shows that the European Union has established drone regulation, which will be made active in Hungary as of July this year, he added.
The Minister emphasized that the track built on autonomous vehicles in Zalaegerszeg is also perfectly suited for testing drones and their interaction with surface vehicles.
László Palkovics emphasized that the present development is green because it uses hydrogen fuel cell technology. Hydrogen production, on the other hand, is not a conventional chemical type, so it is not brown hydrogen, but green hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, which fits in with the government’s strategy.
The minister emphasized that the government wants Hungarian companies to be able to catch up with the high-tech, efficient foreign company structure. One way to do this is to increase productivity, which can be achieved either by training the workforce or providing technology support to companies.