Complete transition to hydrogen-fuelled flights from 2050, says new CSIRO report

Green hydrogen could be used to significantly reduce aviation emissions within the next five years, with a complete transition to hydrogen-fuelled flights from 2050, says new report from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO.

Opportunities for hydrogen in commercial aviation had technical input and funding from Boeing and reports that growing hydrogen industry momentum could provide an opportunity to introduce hydrogen for niche airport applications – such as ground support equipment – as early as 2025.

By 2035, hydrogen could provide much deeper decarbonisation when used in conjunction with existing airport and aircraft infrastructure, with a complete transition from conventional jet fuel to hydrogen around 2050.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr. Larry Marshall said Covid-19 had caused the industry to rethink their paradigm and recover to a different “normal”.

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