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Airbus Strengthens Hydrogen Technology Development in Germany with ZEDC Opening

Airbus takes a significant leap towards sustainable aviation by inaugurating the Zero Emission Development Center (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies at its Stade facilities in Germany. This center will play a pivotal role in accelerating the advancement of composite hydrogen systems, specifically designed for storing and distributing cryogenic liquid hydrogen.

Having been at the forefront of composite material technologies and manufacturing processes in Germany for an extended period, Airbus demonstrates its commitment to innovation and sustainability through the ZEDC in Stade.

The primary focus of the ZEDC is to develop lightweight and cost-competitive hydrogen systems, including cryogenic hydrogen tanks, all constructed with composite materials. The technological development will encompass every aspect, from basic components to assembly and testing related to the manufacturing of liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks using composite materials.

Sabine Klauke, Chief Technical Officer of Airbus, emphasized the strategic importance of establishing a ZEDC related to composite materials in Germany, stating, "Establishing a ZEDC related to composite materials in Germany strengthens our Research and Technology footprint in the country and ensures the involvement of leading experts from the outset to support our decarbonization ambitions."

Supported by public funding, such as LuFo and funds from Lower Saxony, the Stade-based ZEDC will also be linked to the Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Center (ITZ) planned in northern Germany. This connection aims to harness the full potential of hydrogen technology and contribute to the decarbonization of the aerospace industry.

Part of a network of technology development centers dedicated to decarbonizing the aerospace industry, the new ZEDC in Stade complements Airbus's activities in Bremen (Germany), Nantes (France), Madrid (Spain), and Filton (United Kingdom). Together, these centers aim to propel a hydrogen-powered aircraft into the skies by 2035, marking a significant milestone in the pursuit of greener aviation.

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