ARKANSAS, February 01 (Future Headlines)- Airbus, in collaboration with Avinor, SAS, Swedavia, and Vattenfall, has initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of a hydrogen infrastructure at airports in Sweden and Norway. This joint effort aims to enhance the comprehension of hydrogen aircraft concepts, operations, supply chains, infrastructures, and refueling requirements at airports, facilitating the development of a hydrogen aviation ecosystem in both countries. The initiative also intends to identify the criteria for selecting airports to transition to hydrogen-powered aircraft operations and establish the corresponding regulatory framework.
The partnership marks the commencement of a one-year feasibility study encompassing more than 50 airports in Sweden and Norway. The primary objective is to utilize the collective expertise of the partners to advance the decarbonization of the aviation sector and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, expressed the significance of hydrogen as a crucial enabler in striving for a sustainable aviation future. He highlighted the demanding nature of Norway and Sweden, emphasizing their potential for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. Faury welcomed the collaboration with partners committed to making substantial strides toward decarbonizing aerospace, aligning with Airbus’s strategy to deploy hydrogen aviation ecosystems in suitable regions globally.
Anna Borg, President and CEO of Vattenfall, emphasized the aim to facilitate industry decarbonization, acknowledging aviation as a challenging sector to transition away from fossil fuels. The cross-border collaboration signifies a commitment to driving change, with Vattenfall contributing expertise in electricity market development, electrical infrastructure, and hydrogen production in Sweden.
Hydrogen is poised to play a pivotal role in not only significantly reducing aircraft emissions during flight but also in decarbonizing ground-based air transport activities. Airbus had unveiled its ZEROe concept in 2020, outlining the ambition to introduce the world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft by 2035. In parallel, Airbus initiated the “Hydrogen Hub at Airports” program to kickstart research into infrastructure requirements and low-carbon airport operations across the entire value chain.
This collaborative effort reflects the aviation industry’s growing recognition of hydrogen as a key element in the transition toward cleaner and more sustainable aviation solutions. The study’s outcomes are anticipated to inform strategic decisions and actions in advancing hydrogen adoption within the aviation sector in the selected Nordic countries. The focus on feasibility assessments, infrastructure development, and regulatory frameworks underscores the commitment to realizing a hydrogen-powered aviation future in this region.
Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White