28 May 2024

Young NAG webinar summary

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On Thursday 16 May Young NAG hosted a webinar about the Future Aircraft Ecosystem. Douglas Costa, head of propulsion at Vaeridion, shared his insights into battery electric powertrains and Joseph Michaels, junior operations manager at Conscious Aerospace, added about hydrogen electric powertrains.

Next to the informative presentations from leading tech companies in aviation, one of the main goals for this event was to create a shared product with the Young NAG Community. The results from this webinar will be shared in the Young NAG Community and these will be updated over time. The following assignments/questions have been discussed using an interactive Miro set-up.

Part 1:

Assignment: zero emission propulsion systems are the main lever to decarbonize the aviation sector. There are many OEMs and startups currently working on the development of such an aircraft across the globe. Please share any companies you have heard of and put them on the map. By bundling our knowledge, we can create a detailed map which will be shared on the Young NAG Community and LinkedIn page.

Part 2:

Question 1: what technology is involved in battery- and hydrogen electric aircraft other than conventional aircraft today?

Question 2: who are (potential) suppliers of these components/systems (mapping the ecosystem)?

Part 3:

Question: what other initiatives are required in the ecosystem of aircraft development? Provide company names as well, in case you know them.

Part 4:

Question 1: where does the most work need to be done? Drag and drop the green dot (max. 2 votes per person).

Question 2: what organization would you like to visit/get more information about in future Young NAG events? Drag and drop the blue dot.

Main results:

  • Zero emission aircraft initiatives have been identified globally, from battery and hydrogen electric to hybrid solutions.
  • Battery and hydrogen electric propulsion aircraft have many similarities in terms of required systems/components and architecture, such as the electric drive, power distribution, control systems and propeller. The main differences for hydrogen electric compared to battery electric are energy storage, the additional systems to convert hydrogen to electrical energy and its cooling requirements. This additional effort still requires most attention in developing these systems and components, where battery electric is considered more mature these days.
  • Apart from technology, more stakeholders are required to succeed as an electric aircraft initiative, for example: certification agencies, working groups to develop certification articles, infrastructure, (sustainable) fuel/energy suppliers, airliners, maintenance personnel, knowledge providers, pilots, air traffic control, etc.
  • Based on this webinar’s last interactive session, we gained insight in interests from our community to which we can plan and schedule in the future.

We are looking forward to see you all at upcoming events!

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