Welcome to this year’s Bergen Energy Lab half-day seminar on sustainable transport!
In the context of ever-increasing passenger numbers, and the sizable air freight market, the demand for air transport continues to grow. There are huge pressures to decarbonise this market, and the sector is committed to a 50 % reduction in emissions by 2050, with further pressures to be more ambitious, and aim towards 'net-zero' in this time frame.
Aircraft are highly weight critical, and current battery storage technologies incur huge weight penalties, which would render all but the smallest craft covering short routes unviable. However, hybrid-electric solutions may offer next-step solutions with the added benefit of providing novel design possibilities using e-fan technologies.
- What realistic climate goals can be realised by the aviation sector?
- Can this hard-to-abate sector rise to the challenge?
- Can technology mature quickly enough to meet the climate-change timescales in a very safety conservative industry?
If these questions are of interest, please mark your calendar and put aside the afternoon on 28th April 2020 to listen to expert opinion, comments and discussion.
Many speakers have already been finalised with the topics of:
- Aviation biofuels
- Hydrogen in Aviation
- Electrification of the Short Track Network in Northern Norway
- Electric propulsion systems
- Battery technology for electric aviation
There will be an open discussion at the end with the invited speakers.
We hope to see you at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences on April 28th!