New agreement could see Manchester become ‘first’ UK airport with direct hydrogen fuel pipeline

Manchester Airport has said it is on track to be the ‘first’ in the UK with a direct hydrogen fuel pipeline having revealed a partnership with the UK Government-back industrial decarbonisation project, HyNet.

Under a freshly inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Progressive Energy and Cadent, founding partners of HyNet, the partners aim to deliver hydrogen to the aviation sector at the earliest opportunity, through the connection of Manchester Airport to a pipeline being developed by HyNet.

With the planned connection, the airport aims to be the first to establish a direct pipeline of hydrogen to supply any of its 60+ airlines with the low-carbon fuel, forming part of wide plans to decarbonise aviation.

A FlyZero report released in March this year (2022) concluded that liquid hydrogen could power a midsized aircraft with 280 passengers from London to San Francisco directly, or from London to Auckland with just one stop.

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