Area : Transportation, energy, carbon emission
Description: If the international aviation sector was a country, its emission would place it amongst the top 10 biggest polluters (Fern Institute).
Due to international treaties and the complexity surrounding airlines carbon emissions, the aviation sector aren’t included during negotiations at the COP and therefore no specific targets were set.
Wright Electric is building a plane that would be powered by a battery. Because their technology is depending on the advances in term of energy storage, their plan is to have a fully autonomous plane in the next 10 years (or a hybrid motor if it can’t be fully battery-powered).
The technology would be used for short-haul trips and could potentially reduce personal emissions by 75%. For airlines, this would also lower drastically their costs since the need for fuel and maintenance would be greatly reduced.
Wright Electric unveils its commercial electric plane business
-Airlines / International Civil Aviation Organization / Airplane manufacturers
- Wright needs to map the major players in the energy storage industry
- Wright needs to work closely with those players in the energy storage (R&D partnerships)
- Wright needs to work closely with airlines and run tests along the development of its technology
2 thoughts on “Commercial Electric Plane”
This is super cool but I’m sure most people would want the technology to be in place for 10-15 years before they would feel safe flying high above the ground in a battery operated airplane. That being said, I hope one day this could safely become the norm.
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