Airbus And DLR
Perform Research Tests For Fuel Cell Powered Autonomous Taxiing
By Shane Nolan
July 8, 2011 - Airbus is strongly engaged in developing
greener aircraft and increasing the eco-efficiency of
its modern product line. One of the most promising
contributors for emission free ground operation is fuel
Together with its research partner German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Airbus is examining the potential of this technology, its integration into the aircraft and has already successfully performed the first flight test on a civil transport aircraft in 2008, where a fuel cell system provided power for the aircraft’s back-up systems.
In order to gain more details on the potential of fuel cell technology as supply for electric power in aircraft ground operation, a DLR designed technology demonstrator has been installed in the DLR owned A320 fuel cell test aircraft at the Airbus site in Hamburg.
technology demonstrator consists of a fuel cell powering an
electric motor which drives the nose landing gear wheels
allowing the aircraft to taxi autonomously. The objective of
these tests is to further validate the potential of the
integrated fuel cell technology for powering future aircraft
functionalities such as autonomous taxiing. The data collected
in the tests will be analyzed by Airbus and the DLR to further
develop the overall integration of this technology and potential
further optimization possibilities.
joint R&T activities, Airbus is in charge of the overall
aircraft system architecture and technology integration into the
aircraft, whereas the DLR is driving some of the basic research
activities for aerospace fuel cell technology. The landing gear
itself with the integrated DLR-designed fuel cell powered motor
is provided by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.
considers fuel cell technology as key contributor to the ACARE
2020 goals, which foresee the reduction of CO2 emissions by 50%,
NOx emissions by 80% and noise by 50%. Consequently Airbus is
pursuing engagement of industrial research partners in that
field. In addition Airbus is strongly engaging in implementing
and testing bio-fuel technology and actively supports the
installation of local bio-fuel value-chains around the world.
regard to wider initiatives such as Air Traffic Management
(ATM), Airbus co-operates with all the protagonists to deliver
the best solutions for airlines and the environment. Airbus has
a leading role in the SESAR program to improve the efficiency of
European ATM and works with teams involved in the NEXT GEN
project designed to do the same for US ATM.
With regard to wider initiatives such as Air Traffic Management (ATM), Airbus co-operates with all the protagonists to deliver the best solutions for airlines and the environment. Airbus has a leading role in the SESAR program to improve the efficiency of European ATM and works with teams involved in the NEXT GEN project designed to do the same for US ATM.
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