Airbus is developing the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Hydrogen propulsion will help the company to deliver on this ambition. ZEROe concept aircraft enable the firm to explore a variety of configurations and hydrogen technologies that will shape the development of our future zero-emission aircraft.
Hydrogen propulsion to power future aircraft
All three ZEROe concepts are hybrid-hydrogen aircraft. They are powered by hydrogen combustion through modified gas turbine engines. Liquid hydrogen is used as fuel for combustion with oxygen.
In addition, hydrogen fuel cells create electrical power that complements the gas turbine, resulting in a highly efficient hybrid-electric propulsion system. All of these technologies are complementary, and the benefits are additive.
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