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Global Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft Growth Opportunities

  • ID: 5458497
  • Report
  • October 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 35 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Carbon-neutral Hydrogen Propulsion Technology Drives New Product Development in an Evolving Commercial Aviation Landscape

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), airlines, and airports have an opportunity to adopt a new generation of clean and sustainable technologies to reduce their contribution to climate impact. Hydrogen presents a path to transubstantiate aviation into a climate-neutral industry. Industry studies suggest that novel aircraft, aero-engines, and systems when coalesced with hydrogen, offer a marginal cost increase per passenger kilometer, with a significant reduction in climate impact, dependent on the technology adopted. Industry stakeholders must create strategies to assess the impact of hydrogen-based technologies on upstream emissions and the life cycle of liquid hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Compliance with expanding regulations in air transport and the industry’s current economic conditions bring urgency to the need for aircraft certification and support. Impartial data custodians are needed to standardize certification procedures for evolutionary and revolutionary technologies. Regulatory bodies must adapt and create solutions by developing robust and seamless testing and approval processes for newly delivered sustainable aircraft.

The commercializing and pricing of hydrogen-driven electric alternatives in cryogenic compressors, fuel cell technology, liquid hydrogen tanks, fuel distribution, volumetric heat exchangers, airframe structures, and systems present a challenge for manufacturers, operators, and service providers, prompting a sizable investment in creating these products and services. While COVID-19 has affected air travel demand and supply chains globally, airlines and airport operators are even more intent on finding cost-efficient strategies to improve their business sustainability.

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1. Strategic Imperatives

  • Why is it Increasingly Difficult to Grow?
  • The Strategic Imperative 8
  • The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on Commercializing Hydrogen Use in Aviation
  • Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine

2. Growth Environment

  • What You Need to Know First
  • Trends You Need to Know
  • Market Overview - Climate Impact & Alternate Technologies
  • Market Overview - Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
  • Market Overview - New Propulsion Technologies
  • Market Overview - Hydrogen Fuel Cell

3. Growth Opportunity Analysis

  • Growth Drivers for Hydrogen Application in Aircraft
  • Growth Restraints for Hydrogen Application in Aircraft
  • Hydrogen Technology in Commercial Aviation Discussion by Region
  • Hydrogen Technology Market Landscape in Commercial Aviation

4. Growth Opportunity Universe

  • Growth Opportunity 1: Lightweight & Safe Hydrogen Tanks and On-board Distribution Systems for Improved MTOW and Safety
  • Growth Opportunity 2: Fuel Cell System & Cooling Methodology for Increased Power Density, Operating Temperatures, and Life Cycle
  • Growth Opportunity 3: Hydrogen Combustion Turbine Development for Higher Enthalpy, Density, and Performance Characteristics
  • Growth Opportunity 4: Refueling Infrastructure Redesign for Operational Flexibility & Reduced Turnaround Time
  • Market Summary of Hydrogen-powered Aircraft
  • Key Conclusions
  • List of Exhibits
  • Legal Disclaimer
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