The aviation sector trusts green hydrogen as the fuel of the future

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The energy and aviation sectors join forces to advance in the decarbonization of air transport through green hydrogen and promote the development of technologies associated with it. Public institutions, research centers and airline and energy employers have signed a protocol today to advance the use of this renewable gas. They thus pick up the gauntlet of the Government, whose plans include turning Spain into one of the main H2 production ‘hubs’ while meeting the climate objectives set by the European Union.

This protocol has the signature of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda; the airport manager Aena; the European State Aviation Agency or the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA). On the part of the air sector, it has the participation of the employers’ association of the airlines, the airline association (ALA) or the Spanish Association of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space Technology Companies (TEDAE).

From the energy sector, the Oil Operators Association (AOP), the National Hydrogen Center (CNH2), or Gasnam-Neutral Transport. The technological part is provided by the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), the Spanish Aerospace Technology Platform (PAE) and the Spanish Hydrogen Technology Platform (PTeH2).

Objective: Build a value chain

The alliance aims promote the decarbonization process of air transport, once confirmed that green hydrogen has become a sustainable solution and is destined to be a key energy vector in the future. The first steps of him include determine development, production, warehousing, and distribution needs of green H2 for aviation in Spain.

It will also promote research and development of solutions in this field and will seek to coordinate different actors in the value chain of this industry. Silvia Lazcanospokesman for the Alliance, has defended that hydrogen “is proving to be the winning horse as a future energy vector for heavy transport, and specifically for aeronautics, knowing that in space it has already been used for some decades“.

The actors are aware that the use of this hydrocarbon will still be many years away: “the hydrogen value chain is being created and it is complex.” Aviation has set a goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. To achieve them, according to Lazcano, “quick actions” are needed to develop all the links in the value chain “throughout this decade.” “The Alliance aims to facilitate and catalyze collaboration among all involved to make this a reality,” he said.

On behalf of the Government, the Secretary of State for Transport, Isabel Pardo de Vera stressed that green hydrogen has to “play a fundamental role” in the future of aviation, while stressing that the aviation sector is “an important engine and generator of economic, social and cultural progress” for Spain.

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