Air Liquide, Airbus, Groupe ADP prepare airports for the hydrogen era


Air Liquide, Airbus and Groupe ADP are gearing up for the first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to prepare airports for the clean fuel move.

Formalising the agreement today (June 21), the trio said they hope to support the decarbonisation of aviation sector and define the concrete needs and opportunities that hydrogen can bring to aeronautics.

The news follows Airbus’ commitment to have the world’s first zero emission commercial aircraft in service by 2035. The multinational aerospace corporation disclosed the ambition as it unveiled three hydrogen-based aircraft concepts in September.

As a first step to get airports ready for such developments, a study involving a representative panel of approximately 30 airports worldwide will be launched to assess potential configurations for liquid hydrogen production, supply, and distribution.

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