Our growing love of travel is seriously at odds with an incipient concern about climate change. Sustainable getaways trends are on the rise in terms of accommodation or gastronomy, but there is still an unresolved issue: flights. The company Airbus sheds light on this question by designing the world’s first zero emission aircraft: ZEROe.
At a time when we saw improbable solve the problem of aircraft fuel consumption, Airbus reveals three possible concepts, not only to reduce aviation emissions, but to eliminate them completely. A bet to take care of the environment without having to give up the pleasure of moving around the world and that could see the light in 2035.
There are three designs that the company has presented: with turbofan, turboprop and with a combined wing body. All three sketches are governed by the use of hydrogen as an energy source, becoming a clean fuel and achieving the commitment of the aviation industry with the climate crisis.
THE THREE THANKS
Together, the three launches form the triad of flights. The turbofan design has a capacity of between 120 and 200 passengers and is perfect for long flights, thanks to the possibility of moving transcontinentally. Its propulsion is based on a gas turbine that runs on hydrogen, distributed and stored in tanks located at the rear of the aircraft.
The turboprop design can accommodate up to 100 passengers. Its operation is the same as the previous one, but this plane is geared towards short trips. Hydrogen propulsion in modified gas turbine engines makes it capable of boosting more than 1,000 nautical miles.
The previous two correspond aesthetically with traditional aircraft. Will be the combined wing body design makes it look straight out of the future. Its qualities are similar to that of a turbofan, but the fusion of the main body with the wings gives it an amplitude that allows a range of possibilities for hydrogen storage and distribution.
THE COMMITMENT OF ALL
The premise is inspiring. A climate neutral zero emission aircraft would be the icing on the cake of traveling sustainability. However, although Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, has declared its intention to launch the project in 2035, also puts on the table the need for a general commitment from the industry.
It is more than necessary so much government support, as well as industrial partners to carry out that transition to a new source of energy. Not only that, airports will demand a physical change, based on a new infrastructure that allows the transport and refueling of hydrogen.
To achieve these social and physical goals, and overcome the challenges that change will require, the help of governments will be key. Not only for a financial purpose, but for the promotion of research, technology and digitization that allows to develop a new look towards the sustainable future of aviation.
The simple fact that Airbus has already manifested such an initiative translates into a clear trend towards good work. ZEROe seems to arrive for give the planet a break and allow our escapades without guilt. It already seems to be glimpsed the hope of being able to take care of the world traveling through it.