Revealed today (April 12), the scope of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) will include different aspects of the hydrogen industry ranging from its production all the way to its transfer on-board into aircraft.

This will see the two companies work together to support the clean energy carrier around the globe. This could see an acceleration of the hydrogen value chain especially within the aviation industry.

Through this initiative, Airbus and Kawasaki will jointly prepare a roadmap to address challenges and define an advocacy plan on hydrogen aviation needs.

Both parties are also expected to pioneer the deployment of a hydrogen infrastructure for aviation with a particular focus on the development of Airport Hydrogen Hubs.

Stéphane Ginoux, Head of North Asia region for Airbus and President of Airbus Japan, said, “We are very pleased to work with Japan’s leading hydrogen supplier Kawasaki. This partnership will obviously accelerate and promote efforts by the Japanese government to achieve a carbon-neutral, decarbonised society from overall aircraft operations in 2050.

“We strongly believe that the use of hydrogen – both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft – has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact.”

Motohiko Nishimura, Executive Officer and Deputy General Manager of Hydrogen Strategy Division at Kawasaki, said, “Hydrogen is a clean energy that emits no CO2 when used and is suitable as sustainable fuel.

“We have specialised in the development of infrastructure for liquefaction, transportation, storage and transport to receiving terminals, contributing to the construction and expansion of supply chains for the hydrogen market.

“We are confident that our technology will connect the hydrogen production and consumption areas, creating a new road called Hydrogen Road.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.