As part of the France 2030 investment plan, 1.2 billion euros will be devoted to the aeronautical component, said Thursday the Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

800 million euros will be dedicated to the development of a carbon-free aircraft.

This sum will finance the technological roadmap of the Council for civil aeronautical research (Corac), which brings together the State and industrialists in the sector.

This document relies on the development of a regional device, electric hybrid or powered by hydrogen, which would enter service around 2030 with a technological demonstrator from 2028.

400 million dedicated to start-ups

This device would serve as a template for developing a medium-haul device that would burn hydrogen directly in its engines by 2035. Some 78% of Corac's credits are devoted to decarbonization.

“The funding is planned over five years but of the 800 million euros, we are committing 300 in 2022”, explained Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.

Another 400 million euros are dedicated to “emerging players in the aeronautics industry”, mainly start-ups, as well as to the production of sustainable fuels.

For the latter, a call for projects of 200 million euros was launched in 2021 for demonstrators and pre-industrial studies.

It will be extended until autumn 2022 and open to industrialization.

A call for projects of 100 million euros “intended for emerging players” has also been launched for two years.

It aims to "support innovations that can quickly fuel the carbon-free aviation market", explained the Ministry of Transport.

Announced in October 2021, the France 2030 plan provides for 30 billion euros of investment over five years to develop industrial competitiveness and future technologies in France.


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