Hydrogen-powered zero-emission engine

Airbus is developing a hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine which could be used in its zero-emission aircraft due to be launched by 2035.

Hydrogen emits no carbon dioxide when generated from renewable energy, while an engine powered by hydrogen fuel cells produces zero NOx emissions or contrails, the company said.

“Fuel cells are a potential solution to help us achieve our zero-emission ambition and we are focused on developing and testing this technology to understand if it is feasible and viable  for a 2035 entry-into-service of a zero-emission aircraft,” said Glenn Llewellyn, VP at Airbus. “At scale, and if the technology targets were achieved, fuel cell engines may be able to power a one hundred passenger aircraft with a range of approximately 1,000 nautical miles.”