Hydrogen power – challenges for aviation

However, they also agreed there were big challenges involved that required a joint global effort.

At the ILA Future Lab, the members of the panel discussion on the topic of hydrogen were unanimous that it had the capability to make aviation climate-neutral. However, they also agreed there were big challenges involved that required a joint global effort.

The technology already exists to put hydrogen to aviation use, whether in liquid or gas form, as a fuel cell for electric power or for driving modern gas turbines, as will be the case on large passenger aircraft. The wide-scale use of this technology while necessarily observing all the logistical and safety-relevant technical requirements of international aviation will entail big challenges and financial costs that should not be underestimated by anyone in science, industry, politics and administrations. Cross-sectoral efforts in science and technology fields are already under way. Synergies with regard to hydrogen technology already exist in the automotive, maritime and aviation sectors. In this context the EU and national governments were expressly called upon to establish suitable frameworks and regulatory measures. For example, common standards must be laid down to make it possible to meet the high safety and logistics requirements of airport eco-systems.

Taking part in the panel discussion were Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, Green Hydrogen Innovation Officer for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Dr. Sabine Klauke, CTO Airbus, Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN ES/National Hydrogen Council, Dr. Luca Bedon, Head of Research and Technology at Avio Aero, Dominik Härle, Corporate Business Development Manager, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Prof. Josef Kallo, CEO of H2Fly, Barnaby Law, Chief Engineer, Flying Fuel Cell at MTU Aero Engines, Alan Newby, Director Aerospace and Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce, Philippe Peccard, VP Clean Energy, LINDE, and Gerrit Rexhausen, Corporate Innovation Manager, Lufthansa Technik.