Airbus unveiled plans to produce the world's first zero-emission commercial planes to run on hydrogen by 2035.
The aircraft concepts rely on hydrogen as a fuel because the only emissions produced when it is burned is water vapour, making it a clean fuel option for heavy vehicles such as planes, trains and trucks.
According to Euro news, the turbofan design would be powered by a modified gas-turbine engine running on hydrogen, rather than jet fuel, through combustion.
In contrast, Airlines and planemakers are facing growing pressure to tackle carbon emissions, with some governments tying climate crisis goals to coronavirus bailout packages.
The pandemic has plunged aviation into its worst ever slump and is expected to accelerate the shift towards renewable forms of energy, as governments use the opportunity to promote a green recovery CNN reported.
Executive vice president of engineering Jean-Brice Dumont explained that Airbus will take three to five years to select a concept for development.
On other hand, Glenn Llewellyn the vice president of zero-emission aircraft expecting to invest "billions" in the project. Also, Airbus has already started working with airlines, energy companies and airports.This is going to create a massive change in the energy and aviation ecosystem.
Noteworthy, That’s a critical figure as commercial planes generated 918 million metric tons of CO2 in 2018, 2.4 percent of the total generated globally by fossil fuels, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). And the United Nations aviation department predicts that number will triple by 2050 if left unchecked.