Airbus to Source Green Hydrogen from India

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Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace company, will source green hydrogen from markets like India, Australia, and Latin America as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Airbus is currently working on hydrogen-powered fuel cell engines to power its zero-carbon plane. The aircraft will be operational in 2035. Hyport and the company have joined forces to build a low-carbon hydrogen production and distribution station at the Toulouse-Blainac Airport in France.

Glenn Llewellyn (Vice President, Zero Emissions Aircraft) said that the low cost of renewable energy in Latin America and India makes them attractive as potential supply centres.

Llewellyn spoke to ‘PTI-Bhasha’ on the sidelines at the Airbus Summit 2022. He said, “One important activity that we are doing at Airbus is making sure that hydrogen-powered aircraft will be green.” Hydrogen is also readily available. We are working with airports and energy companies all over the world to make sure that green hydrogen is available at the right price.

In 2023, the hydrogen station at Toulouse-Blaniec Airport will be operational and will produce 400 kilogrammes of hydrogen per day.

Llewellyn stated that while no aircraft have been built to run on hydrogen, we can use hydrogen to reduce the carbon footprint of airport activities. He said that he was looking into how hydrogen can be obtained from countries like India, Australia, and Latin America, where it is cheaper to produce hydrogen.

The National Hydrogen Mission was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15, 2021, to make India the best place in the world to make hydrogen. This initiative aims to produce 5 million tonnes of green hydrogen in the country by 2030.

Llewellyn said that India is a great country that has the potential to make green hydrogen at a price that people can afford.

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