Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse is creating a power generation system with assistance from the French Civil Aviation Authority (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile) as part of the France Relance (France Relaunch) programme.
The use of a hydrogen fuel cell power source to produce enough electrical power, in the range of 400kW, to power all of the non-propulsion systems of next-generation aircraft is an illustrative project.
Liebherr, with assistance from the Région Occitanie, has erected a hydrogen test bench in its test center at its Toulouse location to test and evaluate this technology in a realistic setting.
Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse will be able to demonstrate the ability to generate electrical power using fuel cells to supply the main non-propulsive electrical systems of a new generation single-aisle aircraft while ensuring the thermal management of the entire system thanks to this new investment in test facilities (fuel cells and electrical systems).
Along with making these significant investments in hydrogen, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse is also working to advance the development of the systems and equipment required for the upcoming generation of zero-emission aircraft. In particular, it is focusing on developing new systems and equipment with lower emissions of CO2.