The aerospace industry in Hamburg is preparing for flying with hydrogen. Therefore, the starting signal has now sounded for the set-up of a new development platform. Over the next two years and with funds provided by the city of Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik together with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and Hamburg Airport will design and test extensive maintenance and ground processes in handling hydrogen technology. For this purpose, an aircraft of the Airbus A320 family will be converted into a stationary laboratory at Lufthansa Technik’s base in Hamburg. Within this lab, the partners want to test the effects of Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) on maintenance and ground processes.
LH2 is a much more sustainable option in comparison to common kerosene and fosters a potential for future generations of aircraft. For that, the platform offers many options to investigate the effects as a physical and virtual demonstrator – also for the future. Furthermore, the positioning of Hamburg as a hydrogen economy is a further goal of the partners to assure an international lead and standing.
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