Airbus, European aerospace giant seeks to get Green Hydrogen from regions including Latin America, Australia, and India as part of its decarbonization efforts.
Airbus is working on a hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine for their ambitious zero-emission aircraft that will go into service by 2035. India and Latin America, among other places, are appealing as potential supply centres due to the low cost of producing renewable energy.
The term “green hydrogen” describes hydrogen produced using low-carbon or renewable energy sources such as wind or solar. In comparison to “grey hydrogen,” which is made from fossil fuels like natural gas, it emits much fewer carbon emissions. The majority of the hydrogen market at the moment is made up of grey hydrogen.
It has been hailed as the key to decarbonizing sectors that depend on coal, gas, and oil; nevertheless, the prices of production have historically been significantly higher than those of other kinds of hydrogen, and there are also doubts about the demand globally.
“One of the key activities that are underway at Airbus is to make sure that when we have a hydrogen aircraft available, we also have green hydrogen at airports. So, we are doing a lot of work with different airports and energy providers all across the world to make sure that green hydrogen is available at the right price when we need it.”–Glenn Llewellyn, VP Zero-Emission Aircraft, Airbus
A partnership agreement between Airbus and HyPort has been signed in order to build a low-carbon hydrogen production and distribution facility at the France airport of Toulouse-Blagnac. The airport is expected to go into operation in early 2023. It will be able to create approximately 400 kg of hydrogen each day, which would be sufficient to power 50 ground transportation vehicles.
Llewellyn mentioned that although there are currently no hydrogen-powered aircraft flying, hydrogen may be used to reduce airport carbon emissions, which enables the availability of hydrogen to be increased and helps us get ready for the day when planes will require it.
“We are looking at… how we can get hydrogen from places like India, Australia and Latin America, where we think the cost of hydrogen production is really interesting, and what the value chain will be to get that hydrogen to other regions of the world where maybe it’s more costly to produce locally.”–Glenn Llewellyn, VP Zero-Emission Aircraft, Airbus
India is a key market for Airbus in the production of Green Hydrogen. The National Hydrogen Mission was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2021, with the goal of making India a significant leader in the sector. By 2030, the nation aims to produce 5 MT of green hydrogen as part of this project.
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India has previously stated that it wants to increase its renewable energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030 and get 50% of its electricity from renewable sources.
“India is an amazing location with huge potential for the production of (green) hydrogen at a very exciting cost. I would hope that one day we can have zero emission aircraft operating out of airports like Delhi and others at attractive price points based on homegrown renewable energy ecosystem.”–Glenn Llewellyn, VP Zero-Emission Aircraft, Airbus
Airbus is collaborating with airports, energy providers, and infrastructure suppliers to create the ecosystem required to operate a hydrogen aircraft, which it intends to launch in 2035.
(With inputs from The Economic Times)