Hamburg Airport Joins Airbus' "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" Network to Advance Aviation Decarbonization
Hamburg, Germany - December 2023 - In a significant move towards sustainable aviation, Hamburg Airport has joined the international "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" network, spearheaded by Airbus. This initiative marks Hamburg as the first German airport and the twelfth global member to commit to the development and expansion of hydrogen infrastructure in the aviation industry.
A Global Effort for Hydrogen-Powered Aviation
The "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" network, encompassing members from 11 countries including France, the USA, UK, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand, brings together airports, airlines, and energy sectors. The collective aim is to research, develop, and implement infrastructure for hydrogen use in aviation, a critical step towards reducing carbon emissions.
Airbus' ZEROe Ecosystem and Hamburg's Role
Karine Guénan, Vice President of ZEROe Hydrogen Ecosystem at Airbus, welcomed Hamburg Airport, highlighting its vital role in the ZEROe Ecosystem journey. The initiative focuses on preparing airport infrastructure for hydrogen and low-carbon aviation. Airbus' "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" concept is pivotal in deploying hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035, with Hamburg Airport's involvement being a key component.
The Impact of Hydrogen in Aviation
The integration of hydrogen as a power source for future aircraft is expected to significantly lower emissions in the air and contribute to the decarbonization of aviation infrastructure on the ground. Airbus launched the Hydrogen Hub at Airports program in 2020 to facilitate research into infrastructure requirements and low-carbon airport operations.
Collaboration with Linde and International Airports
Hamburg Airport's collaboration in this program includes Linde, a leading global industrial gases and engineering company. Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, expressed enthusiasm about working alongside major international airports like Paris - Charles de Gaulle and Changi Airport in Singapore. He praised the pioneering efforts of the Hamburg Airport staff in laying the groundwork for this energy transition in air travel.
Airbus' ZEROe Concept Aircraft and Future Developments
In 2020, Airbus introduced its ZEROe concept aircraft, a cornerstone in the development of hydrogen technology for future commercial aircraft. This development is being propelled forward in a global R&T network focusing on hydrogen technology.
Hamburg Airport's entry into the "Hydrogen Hub at Airport" network is a testament to the aviation industry's commitment to sustainable and innovative energy solutions. This collaboration is set to play a crucial role in shaping the future of eco-friendly air travel.