Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 30. Integrated nacelles.

March 26, 2021, ©. Leeham News: This week, we look at combining the propulsion and hydrogen tank in an integrated nacelle as Airbus proposes in Figure 1. Airbus calls it its “pod” solution. What are the advantages, and… Read More

Bjorn’s Corner: The challenges of hydrogen. Part 26. Auxiliary power

February 26, 2021, ©. Leeham News: Last week we discussed auxiliary power generation for a hydrogen aircraft and found that a fuel cell system had many attractions. However, it’s more challenging to develop than a hydrogen-converted APU, and… Read More

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 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 18. Airliner hydrogen tank

December 18, 2020, ©. Leeham News: After discussing the risk-reducing research programs we need to do before a program launch in 2027, we focus the next Corners on the hydrogen airliner’s biggest problem, the liquid hydrogen tank. In… 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 6. Tank placement.

August 28, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In our series on Hydrogen as an energy store for airliners we look at the challenge of placing the hydrogen tanks efficiently. Different from carbon fuels, liquid hydrogen needs specially shaped and… Read More