Build the Future of Aviation Together!

New program for innovators across the globe developing sustainable solutions for the aviation industry

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Let's make a difference together

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Explore H2 program by Safran is set to identify and collaborate with entrepreneurs around the world who are developing cutting-edge technologies that promote decarbonizing of the aviation industry. This program gives innovators the chance to further advance their technology in dedicated Proof of Concept projects, work together with the aviation industry leader Safran and an opportunity to benefit from an intensive 3-month Bootcamp in Paris.

Apply for the program to join the journey to the future of sustainable aviation and...

  • become a key player in the hydrogen value chain
  • work directly with one of the industry leaders in Europe
  • accelerate your business and find the best investors

Let´s make a difference together!

Explore H2 program by Safran is conducted in collaboration with Starburst & Techfounders and supported by The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the French Technical Center for Mechanical Industries (CETIM).

Learn who is behind the program

Your benefits

Become a Partner

Opportunity to become direct hydrogen technology partner to Safran by joining most advanced projects in aerospace hydrogen

Get access to CEA

Advance and demonstrate your technology together with CEA/CETIM

Bootcamp with Starburst

Business acceleration with Starburst in 13-week bootcamp including lectures, office hours, investor pitches & networking

Support from Safran University

Access to worldwide renowned Safran Universities courses


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Managing Hydrogen Flow within a fuel-cell based propulsive system

Solutions to calibrate Hydrogen Flow and manage Hydrogen-based Gas Turbine Engines. Relevant technologies:

  • Fluid Dynamic Sensors/Valves
  • Fluid Calibration
  • Velocity Calibration & Management
Apply here
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Hydrogen as a Coolant within a Propulsive System

Solutions to ensure Heat Flow Stability and provide sufficient margins in the Fuel-Cell Coolant Loop. Relevant technologies:

  • Thermal Management System/Design
  • Heat Transfer Schemes
  • Heat Flow Stability Sensing & Calibration
Apply here
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Prognostics & Adaptive Maintenance for Fuel Cells

Solutions enabling Real-time Fuel-Cell Diagnostics & Prognostics or adaptive maintenance for Fuel-Cells. Relevant technologies:

  • Cloud-Based Connectivity
  • Data-Driven Optimization
  • Fuel Cell Life-Cycle Performance Analytics
Apply here

You have developed a great technology that could support the future of H2 but does not completely fit with the challenges described?

Who are we looking for?


In all stages: pre-seed to scale-ups

Academia & Universities

R&D and university teams working on hydrogen-related applications

Partners & Collaborators

Who want to build together the future of aviation

Timeline 2022

  • August 14
    August 14

    Application period closes

  • Sep 21-27
    Sep 21-27

    Last pitch event

  • Early Oct
    Early Oct

    Accelerator program begins

Eric Dalbies Gerard Uferas Safran

Eric Dalbiès, Safran Senior Executive Vice President, Strategy, R&T and Innovation

Opening up to outside innovation and the startup ecosystem is hugely enriching for Safran and allows us to share our aeronautical expertise so that together, through the Explore H2 program, we can turn hydrogen into a bold solution
for the aviation industry
of the future.



Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and annual revenues of EUR 15.3 billion in 2021. Alone or in partnership, it holds world or regional leadership positions in its core markets.

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