Airbus strengthens its innovation footprint in the UK to develop new hydrogen technologies

Airbus strengthens its innovation footprint in the UK to develop new hydrogen technologies

Airbus is strengthening its presence in the UK with the launch of a Zero Emissions Development Center (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies.

A priority for Britain’s ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system necessary for the successful entry into service of Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft by 2035 and to accelerate skills and know-how. British make on hydrogen propulsion technologies.

The UK ZEDC will benefit from the UK Government’s recent commitment to secure £685 million in funding for the Institute of Aerospace Technology (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of carbon-free and highly efficient aeronautical technologies. low emissions.

“The establishment of the ZEDC in the UK extends Airbus’ in-house industrial capabilities to design, develop, test and manufacture cryogenic hydrogen storage tanks and associated systems for the ZEROe project in the four home countries of the project. ‘Airbus. This, together with our partnership with ATI, will allow us to leverage our respective expertise to realize the potential of hydrogen technology to support the decarbonisation of the aerospace industry,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus CTO. .

Technology development of the new UK ZEDC, which will be based in Filton, Bristol, has already begun and will cover all product capabilities, from components to full system and cryogenic testing. The development of end-to-end fuel systems, an Airbus specialty in the UK, is one of the most complex technologies crucial to the performance of a future hydrogen-powered aircraft.

The ZEDC complements Airbus’ existing research and technology footprint in the UK, as well as ongoing cryogenic liquid hydrogen tank work at Airbus’ existing ZEDCs in Madrid, Spain and Stade, Spain. Germany (composite structural technologies) and in Nantes, France and Bremen, Germany (metallic structural technologies). All Airbus ZEDCs are expected to be fully operational and ready for ground testing with the first fully functional cryogenic hydrogen tank in 2023, and flight testing starting in 2026.

With this new facility, Airbus reaffirms its long-term commitment to remain a major player in the leading UK aerospace ecosystem, working with the Jet Zero Council to advance research in the sector, supporting green jobs and helping the UK achieve its ambitious goal. zero target.

The launch of the UK ZEDC follows the opening of the £40 million AIRTeC research and test facility at Filton in June 2021, jointly funded by ATI and Airbus, to deliver the next generation of aircraft wings, landing gear systems and fuel systems. .

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