The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and European aircraft manufacturer Airbus are to launch a feasibility study on hyrdrogen-powered aircraft operations as part of a wider collaboration on sustainable aviation.
The feasibility study will run for two years, says the CAAS, and explore the concept of an airport hydrogen hub, as well as the infrastructure requirements for hydrogen-powered aircraft in the future.
“These include the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen, aircraft ground services, logistical equipment, and refuelling systems,” the authority states. “The study will examine how these requirements can be planned and provisioned for in airport development, whether upfront or in stages to provide optionality as the technology is developed.”
Calling the partnership an “important pathfinder” for a sustainable aviation sector, CAAS director-general Han Kok Juan said, “Decarbonisation is a key priority for international aviation. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to rebuild an aviation sector that is more sustainable. It is not a question of whether but of how to make flying greener and developing concrete pathways to achieve that goal while ensuring that air travel is still accessible.”
Airbus chief technical officer Sabine Klauke added, “The decarbonisation of our industry requires a combination of approaches, hydrogen being one of them, and will need unprecedented cross-sector collaboration to create the new aviation infrastructure ecosystem.”