Hydrogen has been identified as one of the fuels of the future for aviation. GKN Aerospace, together with six partners, is investing in the development of key components for hydrogen-powered aircraft engines. RISE will contribute with expertise on composite materials.
Europe's aviation industry has clear targets for achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The technologies that are expected to provide the greatest benefit to the climate are new aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen in gas turbines. The H2JET project will accelerate this development.
GKN Aerospace estimates that 50-90% of today's carbon dioxide emissions from aviation can be eliminated by hydrogen aviation, which would mean at least 500 million tonnes per year globally. Forecasts for travel volumes when hydrogen flights may become available, however, make it likely that the emission reductions may rather be around 1000-3000 million tonnes per year.
The Swedish Energy Agency supports the project with approximately SEK 15 million and a total of SEK 24 million is invested. In addition to GKN Aerospace, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, the Royal Institute of Technology, University West, RISE and Oxeon (SMF) are participating. The project participants will develop technical solutions for three important subsystems for hydrogen-powered aircraft engines for civilian medium-range aircraft.
RISE will contribute with expert knowledge in composite materials. Supporting with material selection, testing knowledge, design and simulation, prototyping and automated manufacturing techniques.
Hydrogen has been pointed out as one of the fuels of the future for aviation. The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has launched that it intends to develop three concept aircraft, all of which are based on hydrogen technology by 2035.