Hydrogen-powered planes: pie in the sky?

Many challenges still to be overcome if technology is to contribute to 2050 goals on emissions

15 March 2021 - 19:55 By Peggy Hollinger

The Apix fertiliser factory outside West Palm Beach, Florida, was one of the great deceits of the cold war era. Built in the late 1950s, it was a front for the world’s largest liquefied hydrogen plant and part of a secret project to develop a hydrogen-powered spy plane. 

Two years after Project Suntan started, it shut down. The challenges of delivering a hydrogen-fuelled aircraft of the right size and range were too great...

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