By Pierre Bertrand


Airbus SE and Kansai Airports Group have agreed to study the use of hydrogen at three of the Japanese company's airports.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to look into the development of infrastructure and jointly prepare how they would address the adoption of hydrogen for Japan's aviation sector, the European plane maker said.

The studies will take place at Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, and Kobe Airport, Airbus said.

Airbus will provide aircraft specifications, information about fleet energy usage and that of hydrogen-powered planes, while Kansai will assess the infrastructure needs of each airport for hydrogen-powered planes, Airbus said.

The Japanese airport operator said the agreement will help it reach a 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas target for its three airports.

The agreement follows one between Airbus and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. last month for the formation of a hydrogen society.

Hydrogen is seen as an attractive alternative fuel for the aviation industry. The fuel produces zero carbon emissions and can be created from renewable energy, Airbus said.


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