Airbus reveals design for hydrogen fuel cell wing pods: Airbus has revealed a plan that may eventually allow large commercial aircraft to fly long stretches without producing CO2 emissions through the use of removable hydrogen fuel cell wing pods.
The supposed named ‘pods’, that are attached underneath the aircraft wing, include propellers, motors & fuel cells, all together supply thrust to the jet.
Airbus says each ‘pod’ can be taken apart & reassembled very quickly, in order that they could be readily maintained and refuelled at airports.
The engineers in charge of the design hope to enlarge the scale of hydrogen fuel cell technology for larger aircraft on longer-range flights.
As reported by the Airbus team, smaller preliminary hydrogen aircraft with as much as 20 seats can depend on a coventional configuration with 2 propellers.
Nevertheless, more passenger volume and longer range necessitate another resolution.
Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President of Zero-Emission Aircraft, stated: “This ‘pod’ configuration is a great starting point to nurture further inquiry into how we can scale up hydrogen technology to commercial aircraft.
“This is one option, but many more will be conceptualised before we make a final selection, a decision that is expected by 2025.”
Airbus reveals design for hydrogen fuel cell wing pods