GATE is six applied research initiatives, funded by the city of Hamburg

For decades, Hamburg has been regarded is an innovation hub for aviation technology. Through its new funding programme "GATE: Green Aviation TEchnologies", the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation is supporting primarily small and medium-sized enterprises, research institutions and universities. The GATE funding programme is managed by the city's innovation and development bank, IFB Hamburg. All the research focuses on technologies and processes with significant potential to help reduce the aviation industry's ecological footprint. The total volume of the GATE programme is €4 million.

In July 2022, six project consortia rceived confirmation that they had successfully applied for funding via GATE. On 2 November, the six project leaders presented their ideas at the ZAL Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research. In addition to journalists and television crews, Senator Michael Westhagemann of the Hamburg Ministry of Economic Affairs and Innovation and Mr Martin Jung, Head of Innovation and Business Development at IFB Hamburg, attended to speak with project leaders and find out more about the innovations supported by GATE.

The six projects cover diverse aspects of aircraft design. Hydroleak ( GmbH, TU Hamburg) is researching AI-supported systems for detecting hydrogen leaks, while CATECO (Airbus, DLR, HAW Hamburg) is investigating new approaches to modelling cabin configurations, including the use of "Active Noise Cancelling" in the cabin. Faircraft (CompriseTec GmbH, BFGF, Autoflug und Diehl Aviation) is also breaking new ground in cabin design, investigating innovative seating configurations that are both lighter and more environmentally friendly than conventional systems.

Propulsion and hydrogen technologies are a focus of several GATE projects. H2-Finity (TECCON, Thelsys GmbH) is developing a scalable hybrid-electric powertrain that will cover the weight classes from 25 kg up to 250 kg, using hydrogen as a fuel. Hydrogen also plays a central role in the MIWa project. Its engineers are developing a digital system model to integrate hydrogen cryogenic pressure tank systems. CCH2 (Treo GmbH, Comprisetec GmbH) researches test strategies and materials that take into account the properties of hydrogen, making an important contribution to safety for design processes involving H2.

GATE is part of a wider programme set up by the City of Hamburg during the pandemic to support Hamburg's businesses. During the Covid-19 crisis, a special fund was set up for the aviation industry, earmarking €12.5 million in fiscal years 2021 and 2022 for resource- and environmentally-friendly aviation technologies. GATE was developed with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, helping to drive the transformation of the industry towards climate-neutral aviation.