Hydrogen fuelled aircraft are expected to enter service as early as 2025 according to Connected Places Catapult’s updated Roadmap for Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure, published in March.
It says the first flights will be commuter aircraft of up to 19 seats which feature retrofitted fuel cell propulsion systems. It is expected that regional aircraft of up to 100 seats will enter the market between 2030 and 2040.
The Roadmap points out that fixed infrastructure at airports will be required by 2030 to meet a rapid increase in hydrogen demand during the following decade. Infrastructure constructed in a scalable manner, it adds, will allow for increases in capacity with growing demand.
The launch of the Roadmap and two associated documents ‘Hydrogen infrastructure options for airports’ and a ‘Standards Action Plan’ – produced in association with industry experts – coincided with a summit hosted by Connected Places Catapult in London titled ‘Decarbonisation of Transport – Powering the Future of Mobility’.