Gates and Bezos-backed clean energy funds help power startup building hydrogen-fueled aircraft

(Instagram photo via @ZeroAvia)

ZeroAvia, an aviation startup aiming to power cleaner airplanes with hydrogen, has raised $21.4 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures as well as Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund.

The California-based company said Wednesday it is using the money to accelerate the development of its hydrogen-electric powertrain to help with the transition to zero-emission commercial aircraft. ZeroAvia has been conducting test flights in the UK, including the first-ever commercial-scale battery-electric test flight over the summer.

The company says hydrogen-fueled powertrain technology replaces conventional engines in propeller aircraft resulting

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