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Airbus, Nordic partners plan to explore hydrogen infrastructure for airports

Airbus, Avinor, SAS, Swedavia and Vattenfall have agreed to investigate the feasibility of hydrogen infrastructure at Swedish and Norwegian airports.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the companies hope to develop a better understanding of hydrogen aircraft concepts and operations, supply, infrastructure and refuelling needs at airports.

It is hoped the work will identify pathways to select airports to be transformed to operate hydrogen-powered aircraft in both Sweden and Norway, along with the regulatory framework.

Covering more than 50 airports, the partners will all look to leverage their expertise to support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry.

Read more: Net Zero Airports: Ready for take-off?

Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, said Norway and Sweden are among the “most demanding” regions for aviation and have “great potential” for hydrogen production.

“I’m very pleased to enter into this cooperation with partners fully engaged to take significant steps towards decarbonising aerospace,” the Airbus CEO said. “It fits perfectly with our strategy of deploying hydrogen aviation ecosystems in the most suitable parts of the world.”

Under the aviation giant’s ZEROe strategy, Airbus has been pursuing numerous hydrogen technologies. In November 2022, it revealed it was developing a fuel cell engine that could enter service by 2035. Last year (2023), it also revealed plans to trial hydrogen fuel cells for auxiliary power onboard aircraft.

Read more: Airbus UpNext plans to trial hydrogen fuel cells for auxiliary power onboard A330

Airbus also launched its Hydrogen Hub at Airports programme to “jumpstart” research into the infrastructure requirements to facilitate hydrogen-powered flight.

Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia, said the partnership was a “major and important step” towards cleaner aviation in the Nordic region.

Anna Borg, President and CEO of Vattenfall, added, “This cross border collaboration however demonstrates the willingness to bring about change. We look forward to contributing with expertise in electricity market development, electrical infrastructure, and hydrogen production in Sweden.”

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