30 Sep Airbus hydrogen propelled Zeroe
Airbus has unveiled three new concept aircraft propelled by hydrogen: Turbofan, Turboprop and Blended-Wing Body (BWB). The Zeroe are all hydrogen-hybrid aircraft powered by modified gas turbine engines burning liquid hydrogen as fuel. The Zeroe also use hydrogen cells to complement the gas turbine, thus bringing about a highly efficient hybrid-electric propulsion system.
Airbus aims at developing the first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Their estimation is that using hydrogen, they’ll be able to reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 50%. The storage of hydrogen poses a challenge the Airbus engineers are willing to tackle in roughly five years. The 2035 horizon means the programme should be launched by 2025.
“As recently as five years ago, hydrogen propulsion wasn’t even on our radar as a viable emission-reduction technology pathway but convincing data from other transport industries quickly changed all that. Today, we’re excited by the incredible potential hydrogen offers aviation in terms of disruptive emissions reduction.” explained Glenn Lewellyn, Airbus Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft.