Airbus has announced plans to debut three new hydrogen-fueled, commercial zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
According Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, the company has proposed three new aircraft designs – developed in collaboration with EasyJet – that could significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact.
Unveiling its latest blueprints, Airbus said its turbofan design could carry up to 200 passengers more than 2,000 miles, while a turboprop concept would have a 50% lower capacity and range.
The pick of the lot however is its ‘blended-wing body’ aircraft that happens to be the most eye-catching of the three designs.
According to Airbus, all three planes will be powered by gas-turbine engines modified to burn liquid hydrogen, and hydrogen fuel cells to create electrical power.
Nevertheless, for all of this to become a reality, airports will have to invest large sums of money in refueling infrastructure.
“The transition to hydrogen, as the primary power source for these concept planes, will require decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem,” says Faury.
“Together with the support from government and industrial partners, we can rise up to this challenge to scale up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry.”
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