Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies in Aviation

Book Editors: T. Hilmet Karakoç, C. Özgür Çolpan, Alper Dalkıran

ISSN: 2730-7778

About This Book

This edited book covers a number of topics on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in aviation, including their comparison with conventional technologies, different hydrogen storage options, energy management strategies, life cycle assessment, and application fuel cells in different aerial vehicle classes. This book includes information on the recent progress and new technological developments in this field. The book chapter also provides a number of case studies and practical applications.


The importance of use of hydrogen and fuel cells has increased recently and hydrogen is seen as the future fuel of the aviation, which could significantly increase the range of these vehicles. However, there is no recent book that covers all aspects of the proposed topic in a comprehensive way.


There are several types of fuel cell and hydrogen storage technologies. The readers will understand which one of those would be a better choice for a selected aerial vehicle class. The book will also guide the reader in selecting the method to be chosen for the performance and environmental analysis of fuel cell powered aerial vehicles.

About The Editors

T. Hikmet Karakoc, PhD, is a Full Professor with the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Eskisehir Technical University. He received his MSc from Yıldız Technical University (1983) and his PhD from Anadolu University (1987). Professor Karakoc is the Editor- in-Chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, has published many papers at various national and international conferences, and has authored and edited several books. His research areas include aviation, energy and energy economy, gas turbine engines, fuels, isolation and installation.


Can Özgür Çolpan, PhD, received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He conducted his PhD studies at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Carleton University between 2005 and 2009. He continued his studies as a post-doctoral researcher there between 2009 and 2010 and at Ryerson University between 2010 and 2012. He has been working as a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Dokuz Eylül University since 2012. In 2014 and 2019, he was appointed to the positions of Associate Professor and Professor, respectively. Dr. Çolpan has conducted research in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen and the mathematical modeling of integrated energy systems. His areas of research include modeling of direct internal reforming solid oxide fuel cells, material development and mathematical modeling for direct methanol fuel cells, development of high temperature PEM fuel cells, simulation and optimization of the fuel cell vehicle powertrains, catalytic dehydrogenation of solid hydrogen storage materials, analysis of organic Rankine cycle based systems, and analysis of biofuel fueled turbojet.


Alper Dalkıran, PhD, received his bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Eskisehir Technical University. He completed hi MSc degree in the School of Science at Anadolu University, and earned his PhD in 2017 on Environmental Sustainability of Airports from the School of Science at Anadolu University. He is currently working in the School of Aviation at Suleyman Demirel University.

TENTATIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS (Total number of chapters could change between 5 and 10)

1.    Hydrogen as an Aviation Fuel
2.    Potential Use of Hydrogen in Aviation Sector
3.    Hydrogen Storage Alternatives for Aerial Vehicles
4.    Liquid Hydrogen Fuel Usage in Aviation
5.    Fuel Cells for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
6.    Fuel Cell Powered Passenger Aircrafts  
7.    Hydrogen Fueled Hypersonic Airliners
8.    Energy Management Strategies in a Fuel Cell Powered Aircraft
9.    Life Cycle Assessment of Hydrogen powered Aircrafts