Airbus and CFM International signed an agreement to pioneer hydrogen combustion technology in aviation
The programme’s objective is to ground and flight test a direct combustion engine fueled by hydrogen, in preparation for entry-into-service of a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
The demonstration will use a A380 flying testbed equipped with liquid hydrogen tanks prepared at Airbus facilities in France and Germany.
Airbus will also define the hydrogen propulsion system requirements, oversee flight testing, and provide the A380 platform to test the hydrogen combustion engine in cruise phase. CFM International (CFM) will modify the combustor, fuel system, and control system of a GE Passport turbofan to run on hydrogen.
Gulfstream’s use of green energy for daily flight operations is a significant step toward a more sustainable future.
With every takeoff of a Field and Airborne Support Teams jet, or a demonstrator or test aircraft from Gulfstream’s Savannah, Georgia, world headquarters, the company’s prominence as the leader in business aviation will soon become more pronounced—this time, in the use of renewable fuel.
Gulfstream recently became the first business aviation manufacturer to move toward using a drop-in renewable fuel in its daily flight operations. Gulfstream is awaiting delivery of the fuel, which is blended with conventional petroleum-based Jet-A and will power the two FASTaircraft—dedicated Gulfstream G150s that deliver parts and maintenance technicians to support operators. The blended fuel will also be used for corporate flights and flight-test aircraft.
Gulfstream plans to offer the renewable fuel to customers flying into and out of the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center when additional quantities are available.
“This is a significant step in the development of a rapidly growing renewable fuel business,” says Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Gulfstream is proud of our leadership role in helping achieve a more sustainable future by demonstrating the ease by which this fuel can be integrated into normal operations.”
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