M2i is proud to announce that we are leading the European project TRIATHLON, a Horizon Europe project set to improve sustainability in aviation over the next 4 years. The project aims to develop disruptive approaches to design low-emission hydrogen-electric powertrains for megawatt class aircraft. Last week the TRIATHLON consortium celebrated the impressive proposal success with an equally impressive Kick-Off in Delft, hosted by TU Delft and M2i.

During the two days, the project plan and expected impacts were discussed. Next to that the consortium visited the university`s Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies Laboratory, the SAM XL Field Lab and AeroDelft, students who are building hydrogen powered aircraft. TRIATHLON can also count on an impressive External Advisory Board, which will bring in their expertise along the project and were present at the kick-off meeting.


In response to the global call for reduced carbon emissions in the aviation industry, TRIATHLON will lead the charge by developing robust, low-maintenance, and low-emission hydrogen-electric powertrains for megawatt-class aircraft.

Project Highlights:

  • Overcoming scaling challenges in hydrogen powertrain tech;
  • Disruptive approaches for more responsive powertrains;
  • Implementation of NOx reduction strategies;
  • Innovative heat exchangers using materials like ceramics;
  • Elimination of cryogenic pumps for a more robust fuel distribution system.

The project is the result of the cooperation between a consortium made of universities, SMEs and industries coming from 6 different countries. M2i will be the project coordinator, TU Delft the technical lead and AMIRES the dissemination lead. The full consortium consist of Technische Universität Dresden, Ergon Research, Sabancı Üniversitesi, Cryomotive GmbH  and Lithoz.

The project is funded by the European Union and CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Follow TRIATHLON project on LinkedIn and stay tuned for updates: together, we’re soaring towards a greener sky!