Easyjet is making a major move towards “greener” flying experience. It is going to use hydrogen fuel cell, which will involve storing a hydrogen fuel cell in the aircraft’s hold which will convert the gas into electricity. During landing, the brakes release energy which will be captured can then be used to power the jet when it is on the ground, akin to kinetic energy system used in Formula One.Easyjet to Use Hybrid Planes with Fuel Cells and Serve Waste Water for Drinking! #Environment Click To Tweet
Interesting tidbut maybe that the passengers may be drinking the water that is the “waste” from hydrogen batteries. This water can also be used for toilets and washing hands.
4 percent of planes’ fuel for easyjet is used just for taxiing. Easyjet typically focuses on short journey sectors. 20 minutes are spent by a plane – on average – for taxiing which total 4 mn miles annually! So, if the hydrogen fuel cell is used to power this part, it could be a huge savings overall! This savings could be equivalent to 50,000 tonnes of fuel or $25-35 million in money!
Each aircraft would have power motors in their main wheels and power electronics and system controllers would give pilots total control of the aircraft’s speed, direction and braking during taxi operations.
The system would therefore reduce, if not remove altogether, the need for tugs to manoeuvre aircraft in and out of stands, delivering more efficient turnaround times and increased on time performance.
The whole system is being developed along with Cranfield University in Bedfordshire.