Comprehensive investigation on hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the aviation and aerospace sectors

Ahmad Baroutaji, Tabbi Wilberforce, Mohamad Ramadan, Abdul Ghani Olabi

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The world energy consumption is greatly influenced by the aviation industry with a total energy consumption ranging between 2.5% and 5%. Currently, liquid fossil fuel, which releases various types of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, is the main fuel in the aviation industry. As the aviation industry grows rapidly to meet the requirements of the increased world population, the demand for environmentally friendly power technology for various applications in the aviation sector has been increased sharply in recent years. Among the various clean power sources, energy obtained from hydrogen is considered the future for energy generation in the aviation industry due to its cleanness and abundance. This paper aims to give an overview of the potential aviation applications where hydrogen and fuel cell technology can be used. Also, the major challenges that limit the wide adoption of hydrogen technology in aviation are highlighted and future research prospects are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-40
Number of pages10
JournalRenewable and sustainable energy reviews
Early online date27 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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  • Aviation
  • Clean power
  • Fuel cells
  • Hydrogen
  • Renewable energy


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