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Hydrogen powered aircraft manufacture research (FOI)

Hydrogen powered aircraft manufacture research (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 14 March 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Following the support from Matt Thomas, CEO of Ports of Jersey of the letter of intent by Blue Islands and Universal Hydrogen to introduce hydrogen powered aircraft to the island; it is understood that while the ‘emissions’ of the aircraft may be less than the current fossil fuel propulsion systems the hydrogen production is currently less environmentally sustainable than those fossil fuels. Therefore what research has been completed prior to the Ports of Jersey support given most hydrogen used today is extracted from natural gas in a process that requires far more energy to produce than it creates, emits vast amounts of carbon dioxide and also releases methane, a particularly potent greenhouse gas and no current scalable alternative production or carbon dioxide or methane capturing method exist?


The information you have requested is not held by the Government of Jersey. Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.   

However, it may be held by Ports of Jersey so you might wish to send your request in writing to: 

or by post to: 

Ports of Jersey, St Peter, Jersey, JE1 1BY 

It should be noted that Ports of Jersey are not a Scheduled Public Authority (SPA), therefore, they are not required to respond under Freedom of Information legislation. 

Article applied 

Article 3 - Meaning of “information held by a public authority”

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if –

(a)     it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b)     it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

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