Airbus To Supply Hydrogen-Powered Propulsion System Testing Program With A380 Testbed

Airbus To Supply Hydrogen-Powered Propulsion System Testing Program With A380 Testbed

February 23, 2022 Off By Reem

Airbus has entered into a ground breaking program in collaboration with engine manufacturers to develop a hydrogen-powered combustion engine operational by the year 2035.

Announced on february 22nd, the agreement signed between Toulouse-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A and engines makers CFM International (re-grouping General Electric and Safran Aircraft Engines under a 50/50 joint venture) will allow Airbus ZEROe concept to begin taking effect, targeting the industry goal of completely eliminating carbon emissions by the year 2050.

Airbus is responsible for supplying the program with a company-owned testbed Airbus A380 aircraft on which ground and flight testing will be undertaken in the latter part of the decade. Airbus who is also responsible for building the propulsion system requirements for the hydrogen enabled engine will play a key role in modifying the A380 testbed airframe for the program. On the A380 tesbed, properly positioning the hydrogen powered General Electric Passport engine  above the fuselage will be critical to helping ensure that emissions from that test engine are, in order to be accurately measured, well separated from the aircraft’s own engines.

The General Electric Passport engines that will be employed in the program will receive modifications developed b CFM International in-house RISE program which brings forth a new set of pure hydrogen-operation enabling technologies such as engine combustor, fuel system and control system modifications.