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Airbus, Singapore to Evaluate Hydrogen Infrastructure for Aviation

Our Bureau - : Feb 16, 2022 - : 4:22 am

Further burnishing Singapore’s credentials as an aviation leader in the region, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Changi Airport Group, global industrial gases and engineering company Linde and Airbus inked a Cooperation Agreement with Changi Airport Group to study the potential for a future hydrogen hub in the city state.

This latest agreement, expands on an earlier agreement that Airbus had with CAAS to evaluate hydrogen infrastructures, widening the scope to include the airport and energy provider.

The agreement was formalised on the inaugural day of the airshow by Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer, Han Kok Juan, Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Yam Kum Weng, Executive Vice President of Changi Airport Group, and John Panikar, Executive Vice President, APAC of Linde. Airbus has launched its programme “Hydrogen Hub at Airports” in 2020. This initiative is aimed at jumpstarting research into infrastructure requirements and low-carbon airport operations, across the entire value chain. To date agreements have been signed with partners and airports in Paris, Seoul apart from Singapore.

“The Asia-Pacific region will play a key role as we work towards making climate-neutral aviation a reality,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer. “By partnering with Changi Airport and with Incheon Airport, Airbus will leverage the operational and technical expertise of two of the world’s leading hubs. The studies we will carry out together reflect the need for a cross-sectoral approach, including manufacturers, airlines, regulators, airports, energy providers and academia. We need bold and coordinated action to achieve our goals.”

The four partners will leverage their respective expertise to support the decarbonization of the aviation industry and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The partners will look at how hydrogen can be transported, stored and delivered to aircraft at existing and new airports.  Airbus will provide characteristics on aircraft configuration and fleet energy usage, insight on hydrogen-powered aircraft for ground operations, and data on the estimated hydrogen aircraft ramp-up at airports.


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