Several companies have unveiled plans within hydrogen-powered aircraft this week. Green hydrogen is also presented as one of five priority technologies in Australia. We can also read about hydrogen filling solutions for trains and hydrogen production in Taiwan and Nottinghamshire.
Hydrogen-powered passenger jet
European aerospace giant Airbus has unveiled a concept called ZEROe for three possible aircraft types that run on a combination of hydrogen combustion and hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The goal is to have at least one zero-emission commercial airplane on the market by 2035. A fully scale prototype is estimated to arrive by late 2020. According to its plan, Airbus needs to launch the ZEROe aircraft programme by 2025.
The ZEROe concepts are named Turbofan, Turboprop and Blended-Wing-Body. They will be powered by modified gas-turbine engines that burn liquid hydrogen as fuel, while they at the same time will use hydrogen fuel cells to create electrical power that complements the gas turbine. Each of the different concepts have a slightly different approach to integrate the liquid hydrogen storage and distribution system.
Air travel is responsible for two percent of the worldwide carbon emissions, but aviation is a sector that is challenging to decarbonise. Batteries for larger electronic planes would be too heavy, and hydrogen can be a better solution. Airbus estimates that hydrogen has the potensial to reduce CO2 emission in aviation by up to 50 percent.
Partnership on hydrogen-powered aviation
Power Plug and Universal Hydrogen are partnering up to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-based propulsion system designed to power commercial regional aircraft. The partnership aims to certify and fly the world’s first two megawatt hydrogen-electric aircraft powertrain.
The technology will enable a converted mid-sized regional turboprop aircraft to fly up to 1000km. The propulsion system will include a lightweight Plug Power ProGen-based hydrogen fuel cell stack and Universal Hydrogen’s modular hydorgen distrobution and fuell cell delivery system. The partnership is the first step toward establishing a complete ecosystem for the aviation market.
Australia: Green hydrogen one of five priority technologies
Morrison Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement was presented this week and green hydrogen was presented as one of five priority technologies. The statement is the first milestone in Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap, a framework to accelerate technologies that will deliver lower emissions, lower cost and create jobs.
Hydrogen produced under two australian dollars per kilogram is named as a priority technology stretch goal. The Australian Government expects to invest more than 18 billion dollars on low emission technologies over the decade by 2030. Read the full statement here.
Filling stations for passenger trains
Hydrogen trains were one of the topics in last week’s news update. This week, Fuel Cell Systems, Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions and TP Group have joined forces to deliver hydrogen fuelling solutions to the rail industry. The initial focus will be to deploy a portable, modular refuelling solution.
The UK-based companies will explore opportunities for on-site hydrogen generation, storage, dispensing and fuel cell integration into rail rolling stock. Hydrogen infrastructure will be critical to decarbonise the energy sector.
25 MW of electrolysers to Taiwan
John Cockerill, a major player in the production of hydrogen by electrolyser of water, will supply 25 MW of electrolysers for the Taiwanese market. The company reinforces its position among the world leaders of green hydrogen.
The order includes five stacks of five megawatts, for a total capacity of 25 megawatt. The electrolysers will be installed in Taiwan and will serve the semi-conductor’s industry. Hydrogen will be produced at a pace of 5000 Nm3/hour. The electrolysers will be partly fed from renewable energy, preventing an estimated 20 000 tonns of carbon dioxide annual emission.
Green light for Nottinghamshire’s hydrogen energy project
C. A. Strawson Farming has secured planning permission for an electrolyser in Nottinghamshire. An 1,25 MW electrolyser will be located at Featherstone House Farm in Bilsthorpe as a part of the project. The electrolyser will use solar and wind energy produced at the farm, and turn water into green hydrogen. The fuel can be used off-site or by the landowner to power hydrogen farm vehicles.
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