Airbus Upnext selected H3 Dynamics for Supply of Airworthy 0.5 MW Hydrogen Fuel Cell to for Aircraft APU Tests

In a significant move towards progressing decarbonised aviation, H3 Dynamics has been contracted by Airbus UpNext for the supply of a customized airworthy 500 Kilowatt (0.5MW) hydrogen fuel cell as part of a demonstrator to replace the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) on an Airbus aircraft.

On conventional airliners, the APU is a supplementary engine that operates on standard jet fuel and facilitates non-propulsive aircraft functions, including air conditioning and electrical power for onboard systems.

New design features and integration techniques will contribute to maturing operational parameters and will demonstrate the stable operation of a fuel cell. The Airbus UpNext demonstrator was announced at the Paris Airshow last year.

Unlike main power propulsion applications that require several megawatts of constant power and thus a significant amount of hydrogen, lower power non-propulsive solutions present a near-term opportunity to support the decarbonization of operations both in-flight and on the ground.

H3 Dynamics is now providing a full lineup of advanced hydrogen solutions across the aviation value chain: from 50kW to 2MW fuel cell systems addressing in-flight power and airport ground equipment, to multi-MW-scale on-site hydrogen production systems enabling e-fuel production and the start of hydrogen airport hubs.

H3 Dynamics has been building up its delivery capability in Toulouse, with plans to accelerate a dedicated production line for high-performance solutions for the global aviation sector in both Europe and the MENA region.

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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