Airbus & Scandinavian Partners: Hydrogen Aviation MOU

Airbus & Scandinavian Partners: Hydrogen Aviation MOU
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Jamie Clarke 5 Min Read
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Airbus and some of its Scandinavian partners have this week signed a MoU to investigate Hydrogen feasibility in the Scandinavian sector.

This article will cover the details surrounding Airbus’ new MoU with regards to investigating hydrogen aviation within the Scandinavian sector.

Airbus & Scandinavia Hydrogen MOU

An SAS Airbus A320neo on the tarmac after delivery.
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On January 31, Airbus, Avinor, SAS, Swedavia and Vattenfall signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to look into the feasibility of implementing hydrogen infrastructure across airports in both Norway and Sweden.

This MoU covers over 50 airports between the two Nordic countries and will look into understanding what needs to be done to implement the use of hydrogen in aviation, considering aircraft concepts, operations, supply, infrastructure and refuelling needs.

Not only this, but they also aim to select which airports will become the first for hydrogen to be utilised from.

Commenting on this new MoU, Airbus Chief Executive Officer, Guillaume Faury, says, “Hydrogen stands out as a key enabler as we pioneer a sustainable aviation future. Norway and Sweden are among the most demanding regions for aviation and have great potential for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.”

“I am very pleased to enter into this cooperation with partners fully engaged to take significant steps towards decarbonising aerospace. It fits perfectly with our strategy of deploying hydrogen aviation ecosystems in the most suitable parts of the world.”

Adding to Faury’s comments, Avinor’s Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Foss, adds, “Hydrogen is emerging as a key energy carrier in future fossil free aviation. As the owner and operator of 43 airports across Norway, Avinor has been working on sustainability for many years already, and has taken a position as a driving force and facilitator for the green transition of Norwegian aviation.”

“Our dialogue with Airbus concerning the decarbonization of aviation goes several years back and we are very happy to be able to announce this collaboration together with our good neighbours in Sweden. Norway, as well as Sweden, is well positioned to be an early mover in the introduction of hydrogen-powered aircraft. We look forward to contributing with our expertise as well as infrastructure to bring this important work forward.”

SAS President & Chief Executive Officer, Anko van der Werff, also says, “As the world takes positive steps towards a more sustainable future, SAS’ commitment is to ensure that also coming generations can enjoy the benefits of seamless global connectivity.”

“By partnering with some of the strongest and most innovative players in the industry, we are assuming our responsibility to drive the transition towards achieving net-zero emissions. A journey that matters not just for SAS, but for the entire aviation industry.”

Swedavia President & Chief Executive Officer, Jonas Abrahamsson, says, “We are very excited to be part of a larger partnership on the role of hydrogen in aviation together with Airbus, Avinor, SAS and Vattenfall. Swedavia, Avinor and SAS already have established successful collaborations in fossil-free aviation, and it is therefore exciting that Airbus, with its extensive knowledge of hydrogen-powered aircraft through its ZEROe initiative, and Vattenfall, with its expertise in electricity and energy production, are joining us in a more in-depth collaboration.”

“Hydrogen is expected to gradually become an increasing part of the aviation industry’s fuel mix in the future and will therefore have an increasing effect on the infrastructure and planning of our airports. This partnership is a major and important step towards fossil-free aviation in the Nordic region and will further strengthen Swedavia’s role as a front-runner in fossil-free aviation, while at the same time taking another important step in the transition within the aviation industry.”

Finally, Anna Borg, President & Chief Executive Officer of Vattenfall, says, “We want to enable industry decarbonization. Aviation is a hard to abate industry where breaking away from fossil fuels is a huge challenge today.”

“This cross border collaboration however demonstrates the willingness to bring about change. We look forward to contributing with expertise in electricity market development, electrical infrastructure, and hydrogen production in Sweden.”

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