Delivering The Infrastructure For Battery And Hydrogen Powered Flight

New types of infrastructure will be essential for supporting battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft that will begin operating this decade

As the quest for solutions to tackle the climate impact of aviation becomes more urgent, the focus is sharpening on the role of alternative propulsion technologies such as hydrogen, battery-electric and hybrid-electric aircraft.

By some estimates, aircraft running on hydrogen and battery-electric powertrains could make up 21-38% of the global commercial and cargo aircraft fleet by 2050.1 While this timeline may feel distant, these new technologies will begin appearing this decade, requiring new types of ground infrastructure to deliver the green hydrogen and electricity these aircraft will need. At present, however, there is a lack of understanding about what such infrastructure changes entail and how airports and other stakeholders can begin to prepare for them

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