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Airbus bets on Australian hydrogen

Agreement to secure first aircraft by 2035

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus signed a memorandum of understanding with Australian mining company Fortescue Metals, whose services it intends to use to reduce Co2 emissions in the air transport sector, the Perth-based company said today.

The goal for the European company is to support the entry into service of a hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035. The agreement will allow both companies to conduct in-depth studies regarding the application of green hydrogen (produced using renewable energy, with no part of the production chain tied to the use of fossil fuels) in the aviation industry. 

According to some analysts, hydrogen is the most promising bet in the sector, the one that will really allow in the future to reduce harmful emissions to zero for the planet, maintaining the high standard of air transport operations. However, it is also the most utopian solution at the moment, while the use of Saf (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) is the preferred solution in the immediate future. 

On the same subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency