The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working towards building a liquid hydrogen-powered next-generation aircraft engine in fiscal 2022.
Hydrogen-powered aircraft that emit no CO2 may become common in the future, thus Japan is working to develop the necessary technologies to boost its aviation industry’s global competitiveness.
On Friday, the ministry presented its prioritised themes and work plan in the aviation sector to an expert panel, which is the development of hydrogen engines.
Liquid hydrogen has been used as a rocket fuel before by JAXA.
Through fiscal 2030, the agency will continue to study and develop gasoline pumps, combustor chambers, and tank materials, with the technology created being handed on to local and international industries.