Airbus partners to study the creation of the first hydrogen airport hub in Spain

The six companies have joined forces to address the main challenges to deploy hydrogen-powered aviation in the country. This is the first time that collaboration brings together the entire value chain from primary energy production to hydrogen ground operations, with two airlines on board and across a complete network of airports at the same time.

This collaboration will provide the partners with a holistic view of the hydrogen-powered aircraft and how it can be integrated into the airport ecosystem.  It will not only focus on hydrogen supply and infrastructure but also the specific requirements for ground operations at airports. The ultimate goal is to foster and support the growth of the hydrogen aviation ecosystem in Spain.

“At Airbus, the decarbonisation of aviation is one of our most important goals and the deployment of hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft with its ecosystem is one of those key levers. Given Spain’s great potential in renewables and low carbon hydrogen production, it is essential that the aviation industry collaborates to secure a future end-to-end hydrogen supply chain up to the airports,” said Karine Guenan.

“The decarbonisation of the air transport sector is a priority for Aena. This collaboration will allow us to gain a broader understanding of how the process of supplying hydrogen to Spanish airports could materialise in the future, to establish a roadmap to address the main challenges presented by introducing this new energy vector in an airport environment,” added Salazar.

María José Sanz explained: “Our commitment is to be at the side of the developers of new technologies aimed at decarbonising air transport. As a regional airline, we can be relevant in the project because we have the conditions to become the first implementers of hydrogen technology, thanks to the size of our aircraft and the average distance we fly”.

Teresa Parejo added: “Collaboration between the different actors is necessary to advance in the decarbonisation of the sector. Hydrogen will foreseeably be part of the future of aviation, which will come later and will complement the development of sustainable fuels; to reach that future we must start taking the first steps now”.

Airbus launched the “Hydrogen Hub at Airports” programme to promote the further expansion of hydrogen infrastructure in aviation. To date, agreements have been signed with partners and airports in 13 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Engr. Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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