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October 14, 2021updated 18 Oct 2021 11:18am

Plug Power and Airbus drive aviation decarbonisation with green hydrogen

The companies will select an airport in the US, which will serve as the first ‘Hydrogen Hub’ pilot airport in North America.

Plug Power and Airbus have entered an alliance to conduct a feasibility study on incorporating green hydrogen across future airports and aircraft.

Under this strategic partnership, Plug Power will be responsible for developing green hydrogen infrastructure deployment scenarios at airports while Airbus will focus on providing insights on hydrogen aircraft characteristics.

The aim is to help decarbonise the aviation sector.

Headquartered in New York, the US, Plug Power is said to be one of the world’s largest purchasers of liquid hydrogen.

It has built a ‘hydrogen highway’ in the US, featuring more than 165 refuelling stations that service fleets of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh said: “We’ve already revolutionised electric trucks and industrial fleets on the ground, so now we’re turning our sights to the skies. And we’re thrilled to start this journey with Airbus.

“Not only do we envision a future where aircraft everywhere are powered by green hydrogen, but the airports that serve them as well, including ground support equipment, forklifts and vehicles that shuttle consumers around airports and to gates.”

The two companies will finalise an airport in the US, which will serve as the first ‘Hydrogen Hub’ pilot airport in North America.

It will be a case study for hydrogen infrastructure scale-up at other airports.

Last year, Airbus launched its ‘Hydrogen Hub at Airports’ concept to examine the needs of future hydrogen aircraft as well as low-carbon airport operations.

Both Airbus and Plug Power have now agreed to work closely on a joint study and roadmap that could deliver green hydrogen to aircraft and the airport ecosystem in the near future.

The pair will consider opportunities to work on joint projects under this collaboration to pioneer green hydrogen infrastructure for the aviation sector.

Airbus Zero-Emission Aircraft vice-president Glenn Llewellyn said: “This partnership with Plug Power, a true pioneer in developing green hydrogen infrastructure across the US, and key points across Europe and Asia, will enable us to leverage their expertise to decarbonise airports while preparing them for the arrival of hydrogen aircraft by 2035.”

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