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Kiwi companies team up to create renewable energy solutions for space industry

Fabrum CEO Dr Ojas Mahapatra & Tāwhaki CEO Linda Falwasser.

Indigenous-led aerospace and environmental partnership, Tāwhaki Joint Venture, and liquid hydrogen solutions company, Fabrum, are teaming up to look into renewable energy transition solutions for the aerospace industry.

The Christchurch companies are partnering up in the hope of investigating other forms of renewable energy production for the aerospace industry.

These solutions include solar power, hydrogen production, and storage options.

Tāwhaki Joint Venture is a Māori-Crown joint venture partnership working to nurture and disrupt the Kiwi aerospace industry by weaving in the mātauranga Māori values and innovation.

Fabrum, on the other hand, is known as a world leader in zero-emission technology to lower the carbon economy across the world through liquefaction systems.

With this partnership, both Tāwhaki and Fabrum are hoping to improve the wellbeing of Kiwis while also stimulating economic growth.

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“We all have a role to play to ensure a greener, sustainable future for a low-emissions, high-growth economy. It’s critical that we find new, sustainable land uses so our people and planet flourish for generations to come,” says Tāwhaki CEO Linda Falwasser.

“We are absolutely committed to exploring renewable energy options for our facilities with Fabrum that will provide data, infrastructure and insights that have far-reaching benefits for the whole country.”

Fabrum CEO, Dr Ojas Mahapatra says this partnership could make New Zealand a leader in energy transition globally.

Both Fabrum and Tāwhaki are looking to identify clean and renewable energy production options such as integrated solar power grid farming, producing, and storing green hydrogen.

“Rangatahi (young people) are looking at us to preserve their future. Our hope is that having renewable energy on site will support our operations as we scale up, bolster the electricity grid and chart a path for local communities to reduce carbon emissions with clean, affordable renewable electricity so Aotearoa can have resilient energy systems and meet our climate change goals,” adds Falwasser.

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