11 successful winners have been chosen from 124 applications to contribute to the development of the ‘H2 Hub Airport’ project in the Île-de-France Region following a call for expressions of interest.
Airbus, Air France-KLM, Paris Region and Groupe ADP want to transform Paris airports into hydrogen hubs to support the European Commission’s goal for zero-emission aircrafts by 2035.
Three main themes had been outlined in the call for expressions of interest: storage, transportation and distribution of hydrogen, diversification of hydrogen use cases in airports and in aeronautics, and circular economy around hydrogen.
It is believed that the 11 winning projects have been identified as key building blocks for the construction and expansion of the hydrogen value chain in an airport environment and cover all the specific issues for an air ecosystem.
In the coming months, meetings will be set up to help develop a roadmap for each project, the purpose being to contribute to surging long-term solutions that are economically feasible and to be able to carry out the first on-site experiments from 2023.
The winners for the production, storage, transportation and delivery of hydrogen category includes Air Liquide’s subsidiary, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, that will provide a refuelling truck with a large liquid hydrogen capacity.
As well as this, the Ecodrome consortium proposes to set up a multi-service supply station (hydrogen and electricity) on general aviation airfields that can be used by electric passenger aircraft and hybrid land vehicles.
The engineering group, Geostock, specialises in underground energy storage and will work on a large hydrogen storage solutions in lined mined cavities whilst Hylandair will implement its gaseous hydrogen ecosystem for use on land side and air side.
Sakowin is developing compact reactors that produce hydrogen in a decarbonised manner based on an innovative technology using methane, and will implement this into the hydrogen airports.
Californian start-up Universal Hydrogen is aiming to convert regional aircraft to hydrogen using modular liquid hydrogen capsules on board the aircraft and this technology will be utilised in the hydrogen airports.
In addition to this, several winners have been announced for diversification of use cases in airports and in aeronautics.