Airbus Unveils ‘Zero Emissions’ Airplanes Powered by Hydrogen

Europe based aerospace company Airbus SE (EPA: AIR) has unveiled three visual designs of its zero emissions airplanes which will be powered by hydrogen.

Governments across Europe have been putting measures into place for cleaner and safer technology environmental wise. This becomes the latest efforts by Airbus to try and be in line with measures aimed at maintaining a cleaner environment.

Airbus has set 2035 as its deadline to put carbon free commercial airplanes into use. France based plane engine manufacturer Safran SA (EPA: SAF) has described the expectation as ambitious.

The planes will be different in such that they will be adapted to burn down liquid hydrogen in the rear fuselage. Also in the proposal, is a blended wing and body plane design.

As per the initiative, two conventional aircrafts are incorporated. One is a turbofan jet engine with an ability to fly 120 to 200 passengers over 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km). The second one is a turboprop with the ability of 100 passengers 1,000 nautical miles.

Among other challenges which Airbus is facing includes how to safely store volatile liquid hydrogen under very cold temperatures during a flight. Hydrogen is also perceived as too expensive for commercial use.

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