All ZEROe concepts by Airbus rely on hydrogen as a primary power source.
All ZEROe concepts by Airbus rely on hydrogen as a primary power source.
( Source: Airbus)

ECO-FRIENDLY AVIATION Zero-emission aircraft concepts

Editor: Florian Richert

Air traffic is currently one of the significant emission generators. With new aircraft concepts, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus attempts to counteract this and address the challenge of zero emissions.

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations to support the Company's ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry.
All of these aircraft concepts rely on hydrogen as a primary power source - an option which Airbus believes holds exceptional promise as clean aviation fuel and is likely to be a solution for aerospace and many other industries to meet their climate-neutral targets.

Goal: zero-emission

"This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole, and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen. The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight," said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. "I strongly believe that the use of hydrogen - both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft - has the potential to reduce aviation's climate impact significantly."


"These concepts will help us explore and mature the design and layout of the world's first climate-neutral, zero-emission commercial aircraft, which we aim to put into service by 2035," said Guillaume Faury. "The transition to hydrogen, as the primary power source for these concept planes, will require decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem. Together with the support from the government, and industrial partners, we can rise to this challenge to scale-up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry."

Infrastructure requirements

To tackle these challenges, airports will require significant hydrogen transport and refuelling infrastructure to meet the needs of day-to-day operations. Support from governments will be essential to meet these ambitious objectives with increased funding for research & technology, digitalisation, and mechanisms that encourage the use of sustainable fuels and the renewal of aircraft fleets to allow airlines to retire older, less environmentally friendly aircraft earlier.