Whether it be the world’s first manned hot air balloon flight in the 18th century or NASA’s Centaur, Apollo and space shuttle vehicles in the 1950s and 1960s, hydrogen has fuelled some of mankind’s earliest attempts to reach the sky. Versatile, zero-emission and storable, hydrogen has all the qualities of a future game-changer in the global energy transition; it’s not hard to understand why it’s so appealing to a company like Airbus.
“Hydrogen offers us the biggest potential to reach that zero emissions target and our net zero ambitions, and there are a number of key reasons why,” Mark Bentall, Chief Operating Officer to the Chief Technology Officer at Airbus, told H2 View.
“One is that hydrogen offers the possibility to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas effect. If we’re talking about green hydrogen – certainly our focus on all of our capability and everything is based on green hydrogen, anything that goes towards pushing forward the production of green hydrogen is where we’re going to be – that kind of solution offers no CO2, low nitrous oxide and soot emissions.”
Airbus recognises in its Hydrogen:An energy carrier to fuel the climate-neutral aviation of tomorrow report that whilst water vapour would still be emitted via hydrogen, by eliminating soot, persistent contrails can be significantly reduced or eliminated.
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