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H2 Hub Airport

H2 Hub Airport

Turning the Airport Into a Hydrogen Ecosystem

Hydrogen will enable the next step towards more sustainable aviation. Groupe ADP, Air France-KLM Group, Airbus, Paris Region, and Choose Paris Region are joining forces to prepare airports for the hydrogen revolution and transform them into hydrogen hubs.

Indeed, the advent of hydrogen and its large-scale usage promise challenges for airports since it will revolutionize the way their infrastructures are designed and operated.

This open innovation initiative is a key step to initiate together this technological breakthrough across the entire hydrogen value chain within the airport city.

Calling for Innovators

Now or never, we have the opportunity to tackle together the hydrogen challenge for airports!


We are looking for inspired partners who offer disruptive solutions to develop with us the hydrogen hub airport. Together, let’s enable the widespread use of hydrogen in the airport ecosystem starting today and make tomorrow’s decarbonated aircraft take off.


We aim to qualify technologies and R&D advances, and identify innovative solutions on a global scale across the entire hydrogen value chain: from its production, liquefaction and storage, to its distribution and use cases

Help us accelerate the development of hydrogen-powered airports

Your Playground at a Glance


Allocated to H2 between 2020 and 2030 through the French Recovery Plan


Airports operated worldwide directly or indirectly by Groupe ADP in 2020


The advent of Airbus H2-powered aircraft

100 +

Potential H2 use cases in airports

Application Categories

Upstream Hydrogen Value Chain

Upstream Hydrogen
Value Chain

Storage solutions (systems, materials, etc.), transportation, micro-liquefaction, and distribution.

Downstream Hydrogen Value Chain

Downstream Hydrogen
Value Chain

Diversification of services and uses - land or rail mobility, aircraft ground service equipment, logistics equipment, general aviation, aircraft refueling system, etc.

Circular  Economy

Circular Economy

Recovery of hydrogen dissipated during liquid hydrogen refueling, cross-disciplinary and exploratory initiatives reinforcing hydrogen’s sustainability.

What’s in It For You

If your company is selected, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the key stakeholders and benefit from their expertise to pave the way for tomorrow's hydrogen hub,

  • Access a unique area of study and experimentation on one of the Groupe ADP's Paris Region platforms,

  • Get a key position in the communication and events of partners,

  • Apply to the regional program Innov'Up to benefit from financial support,

  • Get support for your development projects in the Paris Region.

Who should apply?

The challenge is open to corporations, SMEs, startups, and academia (research and universities) around the world. Consortiums are accepted.

Applicants may propose a product or solution that could be implemented within the next 18 months. The product or solution ready for implementation must be associated with a competitive business case that ensures its economic viability throughout the whole value chain.

It will also be possible to present an R&D project, product, or solution that could be implemented within the next 5 years and that could be developed or replicated on different sites.

Get an overview of the application form here.


February 11

Launch of the call for interest

March 26

Application Deadline

End of May

Final Selection

Apply here before March 26, 2021

Meet the Winners!

The 11 winners of the H2 Hub Airport call for expressions of interest are:

For production, storage, transportation and delivery of hydrogen:  
  • Air Liquide Advanced Technologies (France): this Air Liquide's subsidiary has developed a refueling truck with a large liquid hydrogen capacity;
  • Ecodrome (France): this consortium, formed by 3 partners, proposes to set up a multi-service supply station (hydrogen and electricity) on general aviation airfields that can be used, for example, by electric passenger aircraft and hybrid land vehicles;
  • Geostock (France): this engineering group specializing in underground energy storage works on very large hydrogen storage solutions in lined mined cavities;
  • Hylandair (France): this consortium of 4 industrialists has developed a gaseous hydrogen ecosystem for use as well on landside (trucks, buses, tippers, energy supply for buildings) and airside (passenger shuttle buses, ground support equipment, etc.);
  • Sakowin (France): this company is developing compact reactors producing hydrogen in a decarbonized manner, based on an innovative technology using methane;
  • Universal Hydrogen (United States): this Californian start-up aims to convert regional aircraft to hydrogen using modular liquid hydrogen capsules on board the aircraft.

For diversification of use cases in airports and in aeronautics:
  • Hydrogen for Airport Handling (France, Germany): this consortium of 6 operating in the field of ground handling is designing hydrogen-powered ramp vehicles (aircraft tractor, loader, baggage tractor);  
  • Use-In H2 (France): this consortium, bringing together 3 public partners including the DGAC, supports hydrogen deployment projects by proposing a risk analysis and recommendations on safety and security. It also assesses the sustainability of the solutions implemented;
  • Plug Power (United States): this company develops and markets ground support vehicles powered by fuel cells.

For circular economy around hydrogen:
  • Absolut System (France): this specialist in cryogenics applied to space and aeronautics  has developed solutions to optimize the quantity of hydrogen produced and stored via, in particular, systems for recovering dissipated hydrogen and mobile refrigeration;
  • Ways2H (United States): this startup offers a patented solution for the local production of hydrogen from the reprocessing of waste, including organic and plastic waste, which is then gasified.


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