A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (Clean Aviation JU) and the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (Clean Hydrogen JU) to form a strategic partnership for research and innovation in hydrogen-powered flight.
The goal of the Memorandum is to maximise synergies, improve collaboration, and synchronise the operations of the two Joint Undertakings.
This partnership is focused on information sharing on grants in the area of aviation hydrogen technologies, as well as planning and coordination of the relevant Work Programmes and calls for proposals.
Axel Krein, Executive Director of the Clean Aviation JU, said: “Green hydrogen shows real potential to power aviation. As energy source, it will eliminate CO2 emissions completely thus being a game changer to achieve climate-neutral aviation by 2050. In this context, we will develop and demonstrate aircraft-related hydrogen technologies and also assess the climate impact of the related non-CO2 emissions. I look forward to working even more closely with Clean Hydrogen to better support the hydrogen-aviation ecosystem to develop technologies for hydrogen-powered commercial aviation compatible with an entry into service by 2035.”
Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen JU, said: “Together with Clean Aviation, we work towards the decarbonisation goals set by the EU Green Deal, REPowerEU and the EU’s Industrial Strategy, and we’re contributing to an ambitious research and innovation agenda for a cleaner and more sustainable transport sector. This MoU sets the basis for a more structured cooperation that would allow not only the sharing of best practices but also establishing deeper synergies between the two JUs in support of a hydrogen-driven aviation ecosystem.”