Airbus has presented three zero-emission aircraft concepts for commercial flight that could enter into service by 2035. Created under the codename “ZEROe”, the three concepts use hydrogen as their primary power source. Not only do they feature ground-breaking new tech, but they also look quite stunning as well.
The three concepts each take a different approach while exploring technologies and aerodynamic configurations to achieve zero emissions. The first ZEROe concept is in a turbofan configuration, which looks the most similar to existing commercial aircrafts. It features two hybrid hydrogen turbofan engines which provide thrust, while a liquid hydrogen storage and distribution system can be found behind the rear pressure bulkhead. Capable of transporting 120-200 passengers with a range of over 2,000 nautical miles, the turbofan aircraft would be ideal for transcontinental journeys.
The second concept uses a turboprop configuration while still following the shape of a standard commercial aircraft. Carrying up to 100 passengers, its turboprop engine is powered by hydrogen combustion in modified gas-turbine engines. With a range of over 1,000 nautical miles, it would be more suitable for short-haul trips.
The third and final ZEROe is the most exceptional-looking concept, configured with a blended-wing body. Although much shorter than the other two concepts, it can accommodate up to 200 passengers for a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles. This is thanks to an extra-wide fuselage that provides ample space for the liquid hydrogen storage tanks underneath the wings, as well as for the cabin layout.