UK forms hydrogen alliance

A group of UK companies including easyJet, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN Aerospace have formed an alliance to focus on hydrogen-powered aviation.

According to the Hydrogen in Aviation (HIA) alliance, the UK could be in a strong position to become a global leader in this field.

Plans are for the group to make changes in infrastructure, regulation and policy to support “zero carbon flying”.

Currently, Airbus is developing new hydrogen powered aircraft with the aim of entering commercial service from 2035 and Rolls-Royce has tested a hydrogen-powered jet engine.

“Hydrogen aviation […] could bring with it a £34bn per annum boost to the country’s economy by 2050, but in order to capture this opportunity, rapid change is needed and the time to act is now,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet and chair of the HIA.

Some 81% of the British public believe hydrogen is the best option to decarbonise aviation with 91% supporting the UK government investing in hydrogen production and use in the aviation sector, a press release claimed.