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Lufthansa Technik and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) cooperate on fuel cells in aviation

Lufthansa Technik AG and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are planning to intensify their cooperation in the testing of fuel cells for aviation purposes. As the next step of this collaboration, the DLR will station its experimental fuel cell aircraft ANTARES DLR-H2 on Lufthansa Technik's base in Hamburg.

On July 7, ANTARES DLR-H2, the worldwide first pilot-controlled aircraft capable of taking off, flying and landing solely on fuel cell power, has successfully conducted its public maiden flight on the airport in Hamburg. In the future it will take to the air regularly from here, powered by its revolutionary, emission-free propulsion system.

Instead of using a combustion engine or a turbine, the propeller mounted atop ANTARES DLR-H2 is driven by electricity. The necessary electrical power is produced by 25 Kilowatt fuel cell installed in one of the two wing-pods of the modified motor glider. Utilizing a controlled chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen ANTARES DLR-H2's advanced fuel cell generates enough power for every phase of flight, including take-off and landing. The sole emission produced by this propulsion concept is conventional water vapour.

Besides the accommodation of ANTARES DLR-H2 on its base, Lufthansa Technik will also support the DLR in terms of material supply and further assists in the installation and removal of components. For the fuelling of ANTARES DLR-H2 a mobile hydrogen filling station will be provided and moreover, the widespread apron of Lufthansa Technik's base can be used by the DLR for taxi trials.

"We are very happy that during the upcoming tests with ANTARES DLR-H2 we can fully rely on the support of Lufthansa Technik", said Dr. Josef Kallo, Head of the project in the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics in Stuttgart. "The know-how of Lufthansa Technik as the leading provider for aircraft related maintenance, repair and overhaul services is of great value for the operation of our experimental aircraft fleet, especially regarding the use of new technologies like fuel cells."

"The cooperation with the DLR opens up many new perspectives for us", said August Wilhelm Henningsen, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik. "We are very certain that modern technologies like fuel cells will soon make their way into commercial aircraft, hence we are very happy to gain experience with these technologies already today. In the future this will be of big benefit for our customers."

Lufthansa Technik is also providing extensive services for the DLR's second experimental fuel cell aircraft, the Airbus A320 ATRA (Advanced Technology Research Aircraft) that uses a fuel cell to replace functions of the auxiliary power unit (APU). Under the framework of a Total Technical Support TTS® contract, Lufthansa Technik takes care of all aspects of maintenance, repairs and overhauls of the aircraft. Moreover, Lufthansa Technik will also carry out technical modifications on the ATRA.

Press release issued by Lufthansa Technik on July 7, 2009


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