ENABLEH2 will revitalise the enthusiasm in liquid hydrogen research for civil aviation. It will demonstrate that switching to hydrogen is feasible and must complement research and development into advanced airframes, propulsion systems and air transport operations. Combined, these technologies can more than meet the ambitious long-term environmental and sustainability targets for civil aviation.
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‘ENABLing cryogEnic Hydrogen based CO2 free air transport – ‘ENABLEH2’ is a Horizon 2020 project, funded by the European Commission under the grant agreement no 769241. ENABLEH2 is a three-year project started in September 2018.
ENABLEH2 technologies will contribute to the zero-emission aim and to an accelerated introduction of LH2 as fuel for aviation, while in parallel providing safety assessments and technology roadmapping which will be of benefit even beyond aviation industry.
The consortium has a diverse and balanced representation from leading European Universities (Cranfield University, Chalmers University and London Southbank University), aero-engine OEM industry partners (SAFRAN and GKN Aerospace), the (by passenger traffic) largest airport in Europe (Heathrow), the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Association and the European leader in collaboration engineering and project management (ARTTIC).
ENABLEH2 Key Target
The overall aim of the ENABLEH2 project is to demonstrate that LH2 offers a viable route for long-term sustainability of civil aviation with unrivalled environmental benefits, over the complete life cycle, relative to carbon-based fuels.
Project benefit 1
Develop technologies which will make a substantial contribution to meeting (and even exceeding) many of the very ambitious environmental targets for civil aviation.
Project benefit 2
Complement research in other sectors thereby supporting transition towards a hydrogen economy and develop technologies and safety practices that may be adopted across a number of sectors (e.g. energy).
Project benefit 3
Revitalise enthusiasm in LH2 for civil aviation by:
• engaging with key aviation stakeholders
• demonstrating that the environmental case for LH2 will also be supported by an economic case for LH2 in the long term
• alleviating public perception safety concerns about LH2 for civil aviation
• dissemination in public workshops and conferences, publication of papers and an efficient communication strategy.
There are challenges in using liquid hydrogen for civil aviation but we are hopeful of addressing them within the scope of the project. We want to show that hydrogen can be not only beneficial environmentally but can be employed safely and affordably in the medium to long-term.