Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Reaction Engines Expand Collaboration for Cutting-Edge Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Integration

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Reaction Engines sign MoU at Dubai Airshow 2023

Reaction Engines, a global leader in cutting-edge thermal management solutions, and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), renowned pioneers in hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems for aviation, today announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand their existing collaboration to explore additional aerospace applications for their zero-emission propulsion technology.

The MoU represents an expansion of both companies’ efforts to develop applications for their hydrogen fuel cell-based powertrain design and system integration capabilities across diverse sustainable aerospace platforms. The agreement marks a significant step towards maximising the potential of their collective expertise and delivering practical sustainable aviation solutions across a range of applications. 

The announcement builds upon the close partnership between both companies which began with the UK government’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI)-funded Project Fresson in 2021, which focuses on the development of a zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell aircraft demonstrator. Both Reaction Engines and CAeS have also received strategic equity investments from the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) and are benefiting from SDF’s active support in developing commercial applications for their technologies.

Tom Burvill, Director of Applied Technologies, Reaction Engines, said:

“Reaction Engines is delighted to be expanding our collaboration with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions which marks a further step forward in the development of sustainable aviation propulsion applications for our world-leading thermal management technology. This agreement builds on the close working relationship the two companies have established on Project Fresson and this establishes a firm framework to develop new uses for our game-changing technology.”  

Jenny Kavanagh, Chief Strategy Officer, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, said: “

“Since our initial collaboration began in 2021, the alliance between the two companies has flourished, with CAeS benefiting from Reaction Engine’s advanced thermal management expertise, and Reaction Engines leveraging CAeS’ comprehensive route to market for the technology enabled by our integration and certification capabilities. This latest agreement demonstrates the power of mutually beneficial collaboration and significantly expands our joint efforts to unlock new applications for our innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology.”

The memorandum has been announced at the Dubai Airshow 2023, where both Reaction Engines and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions are exhibiting at the Strategic Development Fund pavilion.

Media Enquiries:

Reaction Engines:

Lorrie Fry
Head of Marketing and Communications
Reaction Engines UK Tel: +44 (0) 7827 989536 Email:

Richard Webster-Smith | Blake Gray
FGS Global  Tel: +44 (0)20 7251 3801  

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions:

Annie Stone
Marketing and Communications Executive
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 7412 998719


Notes to editors

About Reaction Engines

Reaction Engines is an innovative technology company based in Oxfordshire, UK and Denver, Colorado, U.S. and employs over 300 people across its sites.

They have developed ground-breaking thermal management technologies that provide a step change in performance and efficiency across a range of industries including aerospace, energy, motorsport and hypersonics.

They are innovators and disruptors; leveraging their technology to respond to the scientific and technical challenges posed by the sustainability and net zero imperative.

They are supported by UK and US governments through the UK Space Agency, DARPA, US Air Force, as well as leading global industry partners. Reaction Engines has secured equity investments from a range of industry and financial investors including BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Boeing HorizonX, Baillie Gifford, Schroders, and Strategic Development Fund.

Reaction Engines’ revolutionary thermal management solutions have the potential to elevate life on Earth.

More information about Reaction Engines can be found at

About Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

CAeS is a UK-based aviation pioneer which is developing world-leading hydrogen propulsion system technology for aircraft, with the aim to deliver the world’s first, zero-emissions passenger aircraft solution by 2026 with the conversion to the Britten Norman Islander. Through the development of a modular architecture and proven integration capabilities, the company is able to adapt the technology for use on multiple platforms, driving the transition of the aviation industry to zero-emissions flight. 

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