Fokker Next Gen and Dassault Systèmes Sign MoU to Pioneer Hydrogen-Powered Aviation

September 26, 2023

  • Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the collaboration embarks on a visionary mission to propel aviation into an era of sustainability, with a resolute goal of achieving carbon-neutral flying and mitigating CO2 emissions.
  • Keonys is the strategic partner managing the engagement between Fokker Next Gen and Dassault Systèmes.

Fokker Next Gen, a trailblazing force in sustainable aviation, has chosen Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform for their ambitious endeavor to develop the groundbreaking Fokker Next Gen hydrogen powered aircraft. The two companies have solidified their commitment through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), heralding a shared vision for the future of green aviation.

Fokker Next Gen envisions a world where air transport is powered by a diverse range of clean, renewable energy sources. Their first planned product to achieve that goal is a CO2 emission free aircraft that can fly distances of up to 2,500 kilometers, seating 120-150 passengers. Fokker Next Gen is currently in the developmental phase of adapting a Fokker 100 aircraft, demonstrating the feasibility of hydrogen-powered jet engines. The ambitious company plans to unveil the design of their next-generation sustainable aircraft by the close of 2024 – thus revolutionizing the aviation industry. Fokker Next Gen’s mission is backed by a EUR 25 million subsidy from the Dutch Government as part of the Luchtvaart in Transitie program.

Central to this mission is the utilization of cutting-edge technology. By harnessing the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, Fokker Next Gen is not just designing an aircraft but creating a holistic digital ecosystem for their entire value network. The platform facilitates multidisciplinary development, guided by systems engineering principles, to generate a virtual twin of the aircraft and its manufacturing facilities. Collaborating with the Aerospace & Defense Industry team of Dassault Systèmes will help significantly accelerate Fokker Next Gen’s industry maturity.

The collaboration between Fokker Next Gen, Dassault Systèmes, and Keonys signifies a resolute commitment to crafting a greener, more sustainable future for aviation, one that aims to reshape the industry and inspire environmental stewardship across the globe

"Our collaboration with Dassault Systèmes and Keonys represents a significant stride towards achieving our mission. With their cutting-edge technology and unwavering support, we are confident in our ability to redefine the aviation industry and pave the way for a sustainable future," said Juriaan Kellermann, CEO, Fokker Next Gen.

"Fokker Next Gen has the ambition, expertise, and a dedicated team to spearhead the development of the next-generation hydrogen-powered aircraft, ushering in a new era of sustainability in aviation. We are confident the virtual twin technology of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be a pivotal step toward achieving their goal of sustainable, carbon-neutral aviation," said John Kitchingman, Senior Vice President, Global Customer Engagement, Dassault Systèmes.

About Dassault Systèmes

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