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France: Minister of Transport Supports Plans for Hydrogen Plane

By June 15, 2020 < 1   min read  (169 words)

June 15, 2020 |

The French Minister of Transport recently announced that the ministry would support a plan to launch a green hydrogen aircraft from 2035. A first prototype should be presented between 2026 and 2028.

According to reports in the French media, the government plans to spend 1.5 billion euros in public funding in the next three years on research and development with the aim of “achieving a carbon-neutral aircraft in 2035”, announced the French Minister of Economy Bruno

The idea is to use hydrogen instead of kerosene and for the Minister of Ecological Transition using hydrogen must be a priority.

A large hurdle to this goal will be how they will be able to increase the energy density of fuel cells necessary to power an aircraft without increasing the weight of the cells. Another hurdle will be to solve the issue of safety in terms of hydrogen storage onboard an aircraft.

These are major hurdles to overcome but for Eric Trappier, president of the group of aeronautical and space industries (Gifas), it is “ambitious but feasible”.

 

 

 

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