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More Powerful Fuel Cell Tested on Airliner Electric-Taxi System

The latest cell would deliver about 100kW to the aircraft, compared with the 25kW from a pallet-mounted system tested in 2008.

Published: 11-Sep-2012

Airbus is looking to carry out flight tests of a fuel cell four times more powerful than a previous demonstrator and capable of running multiple systems, including electric-taxi drives.

The latest cell would deliver about 100kW to the aircraft, compared with the 25kW from a pallet-mounted system tested in 2008.

Airbus says the device, developed with German aerospace research centre DLR and Parker Aerospace, will feature a liquid hydrogen tank, heat exchangers and fans in the tail cone, while the fuel cell is fitted in the cargo hold.

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