The development of a hydrogen aircraft is a “priority strategic axis” for Airbus. Guillaume Faury, the CEO of the European aerospace group, said this in an interview with Le Parisien. He hopes to have such a device operational within 15 years.
According to Faury, developing a hydrogen-powered aircraft doesn’t require a major technological revolution. The company already uses it for its satellites and for the Ariane launch vehicles. But it requires billions to be invested.
Earlier this month, the French Minister of Economics and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, said in an interview that France wanted to invest 7 billion euros in hydrogen technology over the long term.
Hydrogen is an important building block for an environmentally friendly energy supply, since no greenhouse gases are released when it is used.