Leeds Bradford to become first UK regional airport to produce hydrogen power

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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has partnered with hydrogen power specialist ITM Power in a bid to become the UK’s first regional airport to produce its own hydrogen.

The airport’s proposals for a new sustainable energy hub will see the use of hydrogen and rapid EV charging facilities to power the airport’s fleet of vehicles, as well as allowing LBA to fuel the next generation of hydrogen and EV-powered ground-handling vehicles.

The initiative is incorporated within LBA’s current plans for a replacement terminal and, if approved, would mean work could start on the energy hub as early as 2022.

Commenting on the project, Charles Johnson, head of development at Leeds Bradford Airport, said, “This project is a clear indicator of how serious LBA is about its future sustainability commitments and the first step in realizing our ambitions to become a carbon net-zero airport for ground-based operations. It represents a significant investment in the sustainable future of the airport, preparing us for the new wave of hydrogen and EV-powered specialist vehicles on the horizon.

“Passengers will increasingly demand efficient and readily available charging as vehicle technologies continue to develop and become commonplace and we want to be at the forefront of this new way of thinking and operating.”

To read more about the proposed replacement terminal, click here.

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