Dec. 6: Campus Café 'Making aviation sustainable'

Aviation must reinvent itself to be climate neutral by 2050. This requires innovations in all aspects of aviation and calls for extensive experimentation, training and testing programs. Within ten years, major strides must be made in making aviation sustainable.

How far we have come in the Netherlands and Twente in making aviation more sustainable and whether we will be able to fly the whole family to the Canary Islands electrically in 10 years, you will hear at the Campus Café on Tuesday, December 6.

Date: December 6, 2022
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: Twente Airport at Technology base


15.30 walk-in

15.45 Sustainable aviation: position of the Twente ecosystem by Oost NL

16.05 The flight of thermoplastic composites by TPRC

16.25 H2 Big Drone, by Machinefabriek Boessenkool

16.45 Solutions for tomorrow's sustainable aviation, by DEAC

17.05 Wrap up

17.15 Drinks

The flight of thermoplastic composites

TPRC focuses on advancing the large-scale application of thermoplastic composites for the rapid manufacture of advanced structures, through fundamental knowledge development. By involving the entire value chain, the TPRC consortium aims to meet the demand for lightweight designs for more sustainable transportation in the future.

Twente Airport

The well-maintained and long runway, the large open space, the current existing infrastructure, the relatively quiet airspace and a mobile charging station for charging electric aircraft, makes it possible to promote electric flying in Twente as well. Thanks in part to these facilities, Twente Airport occupies a central position in the Netherlands as a breeding ground for making national and international aviation more sustainable, which is needed more than ever before.

Sustainable aviation: position of the Twente ecosystem

The eastern Netherlands is home to about 20% of the national aviation sector. With DEAC, E-Flight Academy, Electron, Lucy and many others, we are leading the way in the electrification of (business) air travel. A new ecosystem is being built in the Eastern Netherlands that provides new regional mobility (corridors) in the EU. The goal is CO2 savings, but not so much by making commercial aviation more sustainable, but in addition to train traffic, by replacing (business) car traffic on distances of 200 to 500 km with electric flying (or other sustainable solutions).

H2 Big Drone

Drone4, sister company of Machinefabriek Boessenkool, has developed a battery/electric powered drone with a pay load of 150kg and a flight time of ± 15 minutes. Together with Saxion, Boessenkool is further developing this mega drone into a hybrid hydrogen drone (fuell cell/battery) with greater range for agricultural applications, defense, transportation and logistics.

Solutions for tomorrow's sustainable aviation

The Research and Expertise Center for Sustainable Aviation (DEAC) is working with companies, knowledge institutions and governments on the solutions for the sustainable aviation of tomorrow. They want to enable hybrid and electric aviation, with the main goal being cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient flying.

E-Flight Academy is also committed to making flying more sustainable. They do this by using electric aircraft wherever possible. They fly Pipistrel Velis Electro aircraft, ultra-modern two-seaters made in Slovenia. These aircraft were specially developed for flight training and make it possible to train pilots without emitting emissions during flight. The knowledge and experience they are gaining is necessary to be able to transport passengers with larger electric aircraft and we can actually fly electric and emission-free to our vacation destinations.

Weather permitting, a Pipistrel will also be present at Twente Airport, so you can see with your own eyes how you can already fly cleaner, quieter and more economical today.

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