Airbus will Increase SAF Use while Continuing to Work on Hydrogen Aircraft

April 8, 2021 — While Airbus has committed to build a hydrogen aircraft by 2035, in the meantime they will increase their sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) use. The company is looking at potential aircraft designs that would use hydrogen in modified gas turbines to propel the engines, and in fuel cells to create electrical power. Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury clarified that the company is not saying the solution is hydrogen over SAF, but it’s both. In the short term, Airbus sees SAF playing a vital role in reducing emissions and believes the aviation industry needs to hasten the adoption of SAF. Airbus currently uses 50% SAF in their engines, but has increased their goal to be at 100% in the future.

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