Airbus’s Hydrogen Powered Planes


The Aviation Titan Airbus is making eco-friendly plane engines. Airbus’s ZEROe program uses Hydrogen to power the engines. this is similar to the Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell project in which they produce only water for emissions. The ZERO e program currently has a turboprop plane, a turbofan plane (Jet engines), and a blended wing design. ZEROe infographic

According to Airbus’s official release and the Youtube channel Found and Explained explain what hydrogen fuel is. “Well, a basic understanding is that liquid hydrogen is burned with oxygen in a gas turbine which then creates a highly efficient hybrid electric propulsion system.” This is similar to how a turbofan, ramjet, or scramjet works but they combine jet fuel and air and then ignite it.Will green aviation be powered by hydrogen? These hydrogen-powered engines are THE ONLY known way for truly zero emissions.

Airbus has three hydrogen-powered aeroplane designs. The first is a design similar to Bombardier’s Q-400. It can carry 100 passengers and has a 1000 nautical mile range (1150.78 Miles). All three models have a fuel redistribution system which is standard for most medium or large planes. As the image says the turboprop carries more than 100 passengers, has a 1,000-plus nautical mile range, and has a liquid hydrogen distribution system. redistribution system is designed to re-balance the plane for takeoff. Most distribution systems have a secondary tank (which is usually the 5th or more tank) to pump fuel out and pump it into a new tank. Airplanes have these multiple tanks to balance the plane. The turboprop design is made for small regional airlines

The 2nd plane Airbus is making is the standard twin-engine design. It has a range of 2,000-plus nautical mile range (2301.559 miles). This may seem small on an international scale but the average flight is only 1,240 nautical miles (1426.967 miles).

The 3rd design is a blended-wing body (BWB). The BWB is a plane where the fuselage is built into a part of the wings. According to Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus’s executive vice president of engineering, “Because this structure allows more space, more volume to store fuels, to store hydrogen in this case. So it gives much more freedom and design space to install passengers and hydrogen.”

The new plane designs will also include new cabin concepts with augmented reality on the walls to improve visual fidelity. Airbus also has designed living spaces for its planes. These living spaces can be modified for exercise areas and bars. The aircraft will also include lie-flat bunks. Airbusses CEO said “The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight,”

The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight,”

— Guillaume Faury

There are also concerns with the project. For example, most hydrogen is made through steam-methane reforming which produces greenhouse gasses. Also, only one-quarter of the hydrogen is turned into thrust. Most of my information came from

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