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March 8, 2022

Airbus and FFI partner to support hydrogen-driven aircraft

The two companies will focus on addressing the challenges around green hydrogen regulations and global supply chains.

Aerospace firm Airbus and Australian green hydrogen firm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enabling the entry-into-service of a green hydrogen-based aircraft by 2035.

Under the MoU, the two companies will work alongside to implement green hydrogen as a fuel for aviation.

The duo will focus on addressing the challenges around green hydrogen infrastructure, regulations and global supply chains.

Airbus Aircraft Zero Emissions vice-president Glenn Llewellyn said: “The future of air travel is green. Airbus has identified green hydrogen as the most promising option for decarbonisation to meet our environmental challenges. You heard it here first, we are starting the green aviation revolution.”

Both, Airbus and FFI will concentrate on various aspects ranging from hydrogen production to its delivery to airports and transfer onto aircraft.

FFI will be responsible for providing cost outlook and technology drivers of the supply chain, as well as building infrastructure deployment scenarios for the supply of green hydrogen to targeted airports.

On the other hand, Airbus will deliver scenarios for hydrogen demand in aviation, refuelling specifications, characteristics on fleet energy usage and aviation regulatory framework.

FFI founder and chairman Dr Andrew Forrest said: “The time is now for a green revolution in the aviation industry. This exciting collaboration brings together leaders in the aviation industry with leaders in green energy for a pollution-free future.

“I ask those remaining institutions who continue to invest in fossil fuels, to think of their kids. In particular, those so-called entrepreneurs who are supporting fossil fuel assets, please consider your children’s future over your profits.”

Last October, Airbus and Plug Power entered a partnership for conducting a feasibility study on incorporating green hydrogen across future airports and aircraft.

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