A tour of the Airbus A380 hydrogen engine test aircraft

A tour of the Airbus A380 hydrogen engine test aircraft

Really interesting, but how does hydrogen compare to Sustainable Aviation Fuel Hydrogen turbines will still produce NOx and Steam (a greenhouse gas at high altitude). It also has a low volumetric energy density, meaning huge tanks for aircraft, and hydrogen production and transport is highly inefficient and expensive.

The European aircraft manufacturer is partnering with aero-engine CFM International, a well-established joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines, to provide the first engine for the program. Airbus will test a hydrogen combustion engine on an A380 as part of its ZeroE program before the end of this decade. CFM is modifying a GE Passport turbofan engine to consume hydrogen for the program, while Airbus is configuring the MSN1 A380, the first produced A380, to carry the engine on a support in the upper right rear of its fuselage.

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