If the European aerospace industry wants to have hydrogen and hybrid-electric airliners ready to enter service by 2035, it has to make sure that it decides on the required technology bricks no later than 2025 and 2026. It is absolutely necessary to push forward in the next few years and use synergies and collaborate where possible. Clean Aviation needs to solve ‘technology bricks’ by 2026.
That is one of the takeaways from the two-day Clean Aviation Forum in Brussels on March 22 and 23. The European Union and industrial partners used the event to physically kick off the latest Clean Aviation technology program, which was launched in December and runs in two phases until 2030. The European Commission contributes to the program with €1.7 billion, with another €2.4 billion to be contributed by industrial partners and research agencies, and universities. Some 45 percent of the funding (€735 million) will be in Phase 1 until 2025, the remainder in Phase 2 until 2030. The aim of the forum was to call on participants to join the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking and send in proposals until June 23, with a final selection to be expected in September.
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