The European aircraft manufacturer has signed a memorandum of understanding with several partners (Avinor, SAS, Swedavia and Vattenfall). The aim is to deploy a refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen aircraft at airports in Sweden and Norway.
Northern Europe is well on its way in the race for hydrogen-powered aircraft. We recently told you about the BSR Hyairport project covering the Baltic Sea, with airports in several European countries (Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden and Finland). But this is a project involving Airbus, and with two countries at the same time. No fewer than 50 airports are involved.
“Norway and Sweden are among the most demanding regions for aviation and have great potential for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources,” points out Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus. And this partnership “fits perfectly with our strategy of deploying hydrogen aviation ecosystems in the most suitable parts of the world.”
At any rate, the coalition is relevant. Swedavia, Avinor (owner of 43 airports in Norway) and SAS (Scandinavian Arlines) have already established fruitful collaborations in the field of fossil fuel-free aviation. These Nordic players are delighted with the arrival of Vattenfall, an energy producer that is investing in renewable energy, and above all Airbus, which is preparing a hydrogen-powered aircraft for 2035.
Through its “Hydrogen Hub at Airports” programme, Airbus has signed agreements with partners and airports in ten countries. These include France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King