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GKN Aerospace to develop engine subsystems for hydrogen-propulsion in medium range aircraft

GKN Aerospace to develop engine subsystems for hydrogen-propulsion in medium range aircraft

GKN Aerospace is leading a Swedish national collaboration programme called “H2JET” that will develop important engine subsystems for hydrogen-propulsion for medium range civil aircraft.

The two-year project, which started in July, will see GKN Aerospace collaborate with the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University West, Research institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Oxeon.

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the decarbonisation strategy of aviation as it can power aircraft efficiently, leaving water as the only by-product.

Power can be generated by either direct combustion, which the H2JET project will focus on, or by generating onboard electrical power by use of a fuel cell, the focus on GKN Aerospace’s other project dubbed “H2GEAR”.

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