Published on : Friday, February 12, 2021
Airbus has recently expressed interest to explore the opportunities generated by hydrogen in Paris airports with the aim to decarbonise air transport activities. The plane manufacturer led a consortium which also includes the Paris region, Groupe ADP and Air France-KLM. The worldwide call for expressions of interest complies with the French government’s energy transition strategy and supported by the European Commission, which strives for zero-emission aircrafts by 2035.
The partners wishes to anticipate and support developments that should help transform the Paris airports into true “hydrogen hubs” with the awareness that the advent of hydrogen will revolutionise the way airport infrastructures are designed and operated. The international call for expressions of interest launched with the support of the international agency Choose Paris Region agency, in charge of the international promotion and attractiveness of Paris Region aims to build a unique airport ecosystem federated around hydrogen, major corporations, SMEs, start-ups, laboratories and universities.
The open innovation initiative is a key step to initiate the technological breakthrough across the entire hydrogen value chain within the airport city. The five partners share a common ambition of identifying and qualifying research advances in research and technologies, and then to test the economically viable solutions that will meet the needs of hydrogen at an airport, as well as to prepare in the medium term the challenges of its supplies and uses in a larger scale, particularly with a view to operate a future hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering, Airbus said in a statement that Airbus is determined to drive a bold vision for the future of sustainable aviation, and to lead the transition to zero-emission commercial flight. He also mentioned that hydrogen is the one of the most promising technologies that will help the company meet that objective but would not be able to do it alone. He stated that the revolution will also require regulatory and infrastructure ecosystems to change worldwide and mentioned that airports have a key role to play in enabling the transition, starting today, He also shared that the company hopes that the open innovation initiative will foster the development of creative projects and solutions.