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With a vision to provide the first zero-emission commercial aircraft to the market by 2035, Airbus has appointed Japanese-owned French manufacturer Nidec Leroy-Somer to develop an electric motor for its hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine prototype.

Ground Testing

Airbus’ zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell engine prototypes will undergo ground testing on specialised test benches before being integrated into the engine. A second round of in-flight testing will be carried out after the initial qualification and validation.

Leroy-Somer currently supplies technologies to several demanding industries, like the railroad, automobile, robotics, navy, and nuclear, is also working with the United States on aviation decarbonisation.

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