Airbus reveals Hydrogen powered Zero-emission commercial aircraft

 Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035.  These zero-e...

 Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. 

These zero-emission concepts rely on hydrogen as a primary power source.

Airbus Zero emission turbofan

A turbofan design (120-200 passengers) with a range of 2,000+ nautical miles, capable of operating transcontinentally and powered by a modified gas-turbine engine running on hydrogen, rather than jet fuel, through combustion. 

The liquid hydrogen will be stored and distributed via tanks located behind the rear pressure bulkhead. 

airbus zero emission turboprop

A turboprop design (up to 100 passengers) using a turboprop engine instead of a turbofan and also powered by hydrogen combustion in modified gas-turbine engines, which would be capable of traveling more than 1,000 nautical miles, making it a perfect option for short-haul trips.

airbus zero emission flying wing

A “blended-wing body” design (up to 200 passengers) concept in which the wings merge with the main body of the aircraft with a range similar to that of the turbofan concept. The exceptionally wide fuselage opens up multiple options for hydrogen storage and distribution, and for cabin layout. 

Airbus says airports will require significant hydrogen transport and refueling infrastructure to meet the needs of day-to-day operations.