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ENABLing cryogEnic Hydrogen based CO2 free air transport (ENABLEH2)

Objective

Flightpath 2050 very ambitiously targets 75% CO2 and 90% NOx emissions reductions, relative to year 2000. It is highly unlikely that these targets will be met with carbon containing fuels, despite large research efforts on advanced, and in many cases disruptive, airframe and propulsion technologies, even when coupled with improved asset and life cycle management procedures. Liquid hydrogen (LH2) has long been seen as a technically feasible fuel for a fully sustainable aviation future yet its use is still subject to widespread scepticism. ENABLEH2 will mature critical technologies for LH2 based propulsion to achieve zero mission-level CO2 and ultra-low NOx emissions, with long term safety and sustainability. ENABLEH2 will tackle key challenges i.e. safety, infrastructure development, economic sustainability, community acceptance, and explore key opportunities through improved combustor design and fuel system heat management, to further minimize NOx emissions, improve energy efficiency and reduce the required volumes of LH2. The project will include experimental and analytical work for two key enabling technologies: H2 micromix combustion and fuel system heat management. These technologies will be evaluated and analysed for competing aircraft scenarios; an advanced tube and wing, and a blended wing body / hybrid wing body aircraft, both featuring distributed turbo-electric propulsion systems and boundary layer ingestion. The study will include mission energy efficiency and life cycle CO2 and economic studies of the technologies under various fuel price and emissions taxation scenarios. ENABLEH2 will deliver a comprehensive safety audit characterising and mitigating hazards in order to support integration and acceptance of LH2. Solutions will be proposed for any socioeconomic hurdles to further development of the technologies. A roadmap to develop the key enabling technologies and the integrated aircraft and propulsion systems to TRL 6 by 2030-2035 will be provided.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 159 793,75

Participants (8)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 999 972,50
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 619 955
Address
Borough Road 103
SE10AA London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
-
46181 Trollhaettan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAFRAN SA
France
EU contribution
€ 507 977,50
Address
Blvd Du Gal Martial Valin 2
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN HYDROGEN ASSOCIATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Avenue Des Arts 3/4/5
1210 Saint-josse-ten-noode
Activity type
Other
HEATHROW AIRPORT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 84 129,50
Address
Nelson Road The Compass Centre Hounslow
TW6 2GW London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 129 868,44
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 984,06
Address
Oskar-von-miller-ring 29
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)