Airbus chooses the country where its new technology center for hydrogen aircraft will be

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Airbus strengthens its presence in the United Kingdom with the launch of a Zero Emissions Development Center (ZEDC – Zero Emission Development Center) for hydrogen technologies.

A priority for the UK’s ZEDC will be the development of a cost-competitive cryogenic fuel system needed to successfully bring Airbus’ ZEROe passenger aircraft into service by 2035 and accelerate skills and knowledge -make the UK in hydrogen propulsion technologies.

UK ZEDC will benefit from the UK Government’s recent commitment to secure £685 million in funding to the Institute of Aerospace Technology (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of emissions aircraft technologies ultra low and zero.

“The establishment of the ZEDC in the UK extends Airbus’ in-house industrial capabilities to design, develop, test and manufacture cryogenic hydrogen storage tanks and associated systems for the ZEROe project in the four home countries of the project. ‘Airbus. This, combined with our partnership with ATI, will allow us to leverage our respective expertise to realize the potential of hydrogen technology to support the decarbonization of the aviation industry. said Sabine Klauke, technical director of Airbus.


Technology development of the new UK ZEDC, based in Filton, Bristol, has begun and will cover all product features, from components to complete system and cryogenic testing. The development of end-to-end fuel systems, an Airbus UK specialty, is one of the most complex technologies crucial to the performance of a future hydrogen-powered aircraft.

The ZEDC complements Airbus’ research and technology presence in the UK, as well as work on cryogenic liquid hydrogen tanks being carried out at Airbus’ existing ZEDCs in Madrid, Spain and Stade, Germany (composite structural technologies), and in Nantes, France, and Bremen, Germany (metallic structural technologies).

All Airbus ZEDCs are expected to be fully operational and ready for ground testing with the first fully functional cryogenic hydrogen tank in 2023 and flight testing beginning in 2026.

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