Airbus and Kawasaki team up to study hydrogen in Japan

TOKYO- Airbus and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to prepare the hydrogen fueled ecosystem. The scope will include different aspects of the hydrogen supply chain, from the production of hydrogen to its delivery to airports and its transfer on board aircraft. The MoU was signed at a ceremony in Tokyo.

Airbus and Kawasaki will jointly prepare a roadmap to meet hydrogen aviation needs. The two parties will also be pioneers in the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure for aviation, with a particular focus on the development of airport hydrogen hubs.

“We are very happy to work with Kawasaki, the main supplier of hydrogen in Japan. This partnership will obviously accelerate and promote the Japanese government’s efforts to achieve a carbon-neutral and decarbonized society from all aviation operations in 2050,” said Stéphane Ginoux. “We strongly believe that the use of hydrogen – both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft – has the potential to significantly reduce the climate impact of aviation.”

“Hydrogen is a clean energy that does not emit CO2 when used and is suitable as a sustainable fuel,” said Motohiko Nishikura. “We specialize in the development of infrastructure for liquefaction, transport, storage and delivery to receiving terminals, contributing to the construction and expansion of hydrogen market supply chains. We are confident that our technology will connect hydrogen production and consumption areas, creating a new road called the Hydrogen Road.

Each partner will use their expertise to help define the potential opportunities offered by hydrogen and support the decarburization of the aeronautical industry. Airbus will provide aircraft characteristics, fleet energy consumption and information on hydrogen aircraft for ground operations. Kawasaki will provide technology pilots on the various elements of the supply chain while building infrastructure deployment scenarios for the supply of targeted airports.