Airbus to start building hydrogen-fueled aircraft in 2030s
Glen Llewellyn, vice president of zero-emission technologies at Airbus, said the aerospace company plans to begin admitting hydrogen-fueled commercial aircraft early next decade.
Speaking at the virtual air show in Farnborough, he said that at present the industrial giant considers this direction the most promising, therefore he is interested in its development and in the coming years will take important steps to switch to green technologies. It is about achieving the right economic conditions and incentives to convert aircraft engines to a new type of fuel.
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Using H2 from solar and wind power will help reduce the climate impact of aviation, Llewellyn said. In order to modernize the aircraft, Airbus will partner with a number of industrial, engineering and aerospace companies with experience in working with hydrogen fuel.
In parallel, the giant will establish contacts with energy companies and hydrogen producers in order to create the necessary infrastructure for refueling airliners at airports by the time they start production.
In addition to the new fuel, Airbus also plans to radically revise its aircraft model to improve efficiency. At the beginning of the year, the company unveiled the concept of a single-wing aircraft without a separate fuselage.