Singapore and Airbus to explore hydrogen application in Aviation

Both parties will launch a feasibility study on hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus today (18th November) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on sustainable aviation, including hydrogen.

Both have agreed to launch their first project as a technical feasibility study of an airport hydrogen hub and the infrastructure requirements to support future hydrogen-powered aircraft operations. The project will cover hydrogen production, storage, and distribution, aircraft ground services, logistical equipment, and refuelling systems.

The study will examine how these requirements can be planned and provisioned for in airport development. The study will run for two years, starting in early 2022.  The project outcome will be shared with policymaking, infrastructure planning and industry development.

Both organisations agreed to support sustainable aviation through:

  • Study the demand and supply of alternative aviation fuels and contribution to decarbonisation strategies
  • Explore opportunities for R&D of disruptive technologies
  • Enabling airport infrastructure
  • Look into the economic conditions, regulatory environment and international policies and standards

Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS, said, “Making sustainable aviation viable requires cross-sectoral collaboration to reinvent the entire ecosystem and close partnership between the public and private sectors.”

Ms Sabine Klauke, CTO of Airbus, commented, “The decarbonisation of our industry requires a combination of approaches, hydrogen being one of them, and will need unprecedented cross-sector collaboration to create the new aviation infrastructure ecosystem.”

Shahkar Ali

Shahkar is the regional representative for Asia covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact him directly via email or follow him on social media.
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