Airbus is to explore hydrogen use at a number of Japanese airports under a provisional agreement with the facilities’ operator.

The memorandum of understanding with Kansai Airports covers assessment of the challenges involved in hydrogen infrastructure development.

It will focus on the use of hydrogen at Kansai, Osaka and Kobe airports.

“We have set a target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for the three airports we operate,” says Kansa Airports chief Yoshiyuki Yamaya.

“This partnership with…Airbus will help us reach this goal.”

The two sides will jointly prepare a “roadmap” to address the issues and “define an advocacy plan” for hydrogen needs, says the airframer.

Kansai Airports will examine the infrastructure requirements for introducing hydrogen-fuelled aircraft. Airbus will contribute aircraft information, such as fleet energy usage, to assist with analysing ground operations.

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Source: Vinci Concessions

Osaka Itami is among the Japanese airports participating in the hydrogen study