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Airbus, Houston Airports, and CHF Collaborate on Hydrogen Hub Feasibility Study at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

by Anna

Airbus, Houston Airports, and the Center for Houston’s Future (CHF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of establishing a hydrogen hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). This collaborative effort aims to redesign and optimize airport infrastructure to accommodate future hydrogen-powered aircraft, which Airbus plans to launch by 2035, and to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of airport operations.

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The study will address several key areas:

Hydrogen Supply and Infrastructure: Identifying opportunities and barriers related to hydrogen supply, infrastructure development, and utilization at IAH.

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End-Use Applications: Investigating the use of hydrogen in aviation, airport ground transportation, airport heating systems, and potentially extending supply to adjacent industries and transport sectors.Hydrogen as an energy source is poised to revolutionize the aviation industry by eliminating CO2 emissions from aircraft and contributing to the decarbonization of ground operations. This initiative reflects the commitment of the partners to leverage their expertise in supporting the aviation industry’s transition to more sustainable practices.

Key Partners and Their Roles:

Airbus: A leader in sustainable aerospace innovation, Airbus is developing the first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft with a target service entry in 2035. The company is also promoting the concept of H2 Hubs at airports, facilitating the infrastructure needed for hydrogen use in aviation.

Houston Airports: The Houston Airport System is one of North America’s largest public airport systems, positioning Houston as a major gateway for international passengers and cargo. The system aims to foster economic vitality and enhance global connectivity for the region’s diverse and growing population.

Center for Houston’s Future (CHF): CHF is spearheading efforts to create a clean hydrogen ecosystem in the Houston region and across the Gulf Coast. As a founding organizer of the HyVelocity Hydrogen Hub, selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of seven national hydrogen hubs, CHF is at the forefront of advancing hydrogen technology and infrastructure.

The feasibility study at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2025. This study will lay the groundwork for future developments and the implementation of hydrogen infrastructure, setting a precedent for airports globally in their efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

This initiative represents a significant step towards the decarbonization of the aviation industry, leveraging hydrogen technology to create a sustainable future for air travel and airport operations.

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