A test engineer in front of the fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel (ImageAirbus/ C. Brinkmann)
The DLR fuel cell system installed in the ATRA research aircraft (Image: Airbus/ C. Brinkmann)
The DLR research aircraft ATRA, equipped with a fuel cell-powered electric nose wheel during testing (Image: Airbus/ C. Brinkmann)
The goals of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent, NOx emissions by 80 percent and noise cut by 50 percent by 2020 has seen aircraft manufacturers and airlines looking at alternative fuels such as biofuel. While not feasible for powering the flight of the aircraft itself, Airbus has also been looking at the potential for fuel cell technology to power a number of aircraft functions, such as autonomous taxiing.
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