Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 25. Auxiliary power

February 19, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week we discussed hydrogen aircraft propulsion and found a shaft power producing gas turbine was considerably more weight-efficient than a fuel cell powering an electric motor. Both had the same 55%… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 24. Propulsion choice

February 12, 2021, ©. Leeham News: After covering the basics of fuel cells last week in our hydrogen airliner series, we now look at what type of system to choose for aircraft propulsion and onboard systems power. We… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 23. Hydrogen fuel cells

February 5, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week, we started the discussion around fuel cells as a source of electric energy in airliners. We went through the principle and asked some vital questions. Now we look at different… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 22. Hydrogen fuel cells

January 29, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Over the last weeks, we looked at Center of Gravity (CG) problems with rear fuselage liquid hydrogen tanks as used in Airbus’ ZEROe turbofan airliner concept. We can conclude that the CG… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 21. Hydrogen airliner weight shift

January 22, 2021, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner, we looked at how the hydrogen consumed in the rear fuselage tanks changes the airliner’s Center of Gravity (CG). Now we discuss how this change of Center of… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 20. Hydrogen airliner weight shift

January 15, 2021, ©. Leeham News: In last week’s Corner, we looked at how hydrogen consumed in the rear fuselage tanks of Airbus’ ZEROe concept affect the airliner’s efficiency. Now we look at other aspects of the rear… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 19. Hydrogen airliner weight shift

January 8, 2021, ©. Leeham News: In our Corner before Christmas we discussed the hydrogen tank placement at the rear of the aircraft for Airbus’ ZEROe concept turbofan aircraft. We now calculate how the weight transfer when emptying… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 17. Hydrogen airliner program

December 11, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We use this Corner to define the time table for our hydrogen airliner program and for what areas we need to conduct risk-reducing research before we embark on an actual design. As… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of Hydrogen. Part 16. A Hydrogen airliner

December 4, 2020, ©. Leeham News: To dig a level deeper into the challenges of hydrogen airliners, as a next step we design such a plane (on a high level), now that we have covered the basics. It… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of Hydrogen. Part 15. Hydrogen cost

November 13, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our series on hydrogen as an energy store for airliners, we now look at the cost of hydrogen. The current cost-efficient production is predominantly by reforming natural gas, meaning it’s a… Read More