Airbus and CFM International have agreed to jointly produce a hydrogen propulsion technology demonstrator for testing the very first A380, production serial MSN001. The aim of the project is to test the technology for ZeroE aircraft, initially on the ground and then in flight. The first ZeroE aircraft are scheduled to enter service by 2035.
The hydrogen-powered device is a hybrid of a plane and a rocket, making air transport both more sustainable and faster.
When will we be able to board a plane with a clear conscience about the environmental impact of our journey? Aviation is responsible for 2.8% of global carbon emissions. According to the CNN article, many airlines have already vowed to create a future of carbon-neutral aviation, and the first electric planes have already been built, if only in the short term.
A few years ago it would have been hard to imagine, but airlines have also committed to climate neutrality by 2050. The solution lies in sustainable aviation fuels, hydrogen and electric aircraft, which are already well under development.
Not only is the H2 Clipper completely zero emissions, but the cost is a quarter of current air transport costs. And while this is not the end of the benefits, the future of airships is still not assured, mainly because of their history.
Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport and two aviation development centres are working together to find ways of storing hydrogen that can be used as fuel for aircraft.