Updated: Sep 26, 2022
Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with chemical company Linde to develop hydrogen production and distribution infrastructures for airports.
The aircraft manufacturer is increasing its partnerships to ensure the future deployment of this energy in air transport.
At the forefront of the development of the first "zero-emission" commercial aircraft by 2035, Airbus is pursuing its partnership policy.
On Thursday, June 23, at the ILA Berlin air show, the manufacturer signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the American-German gas and engineering group Linde.
The agreement provides for the development of airport infrastructures that are best suited to produce and develop hydrogen. This partnership follows an already long series of collaborations since the launch of the ZEROe program in 2020, with the "Hydrogen Hub at Airports" concept.
It also follows a first agreement unveiled in February with Linde, as well as with Singapore Airport and the Singaporean aviation authorities. The new agreement further strengthens Airbus' ambitions: it provides for collaboration on the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production to storage at an airport, including refueling operations.
The two partners will launch pilot projects at several airports starting in 2023, but have not yet given any indication of their locations. In June 2021, Airbus joined forces with Air Liquide and ADP Group to conduct engineering studies on hydrogen supply infrastructures in airports. Other partnerships are underway in Italy, South Korea and Japan.