by Daily Sabah with Agencies
Feb 02, 2016 12:00 am
Budget airlines EasyJet is expected to become the first airline to use a 'hybrid plane,' in efforts to lower the company's fuel costs, and cut carbon emissions, which could also allow them to treat passengers to a glass of water from hydrogen batteries.
According to reports, EasyJet plans to use a hi-tech fuel system, which will make use of the energy produced by aircraft brakes, which would then be used to provide power for the aircraft when it's on the ground.
Ian Davies, EasyJet's head of engineering department has reportedly said that water is produced as a waste product from the hydrogen cells, and could be used as drinking water for passengers.
He claimed the water would be 'absolutely pure.'
The hybrid system would also allow the company to save 50,000 tons of fuel per year, decreasing fuel costs for up to $35 million.
The project, which is being developed in collaboration with Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, is expected to be launched within a decade.