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RISE leads nordic investment into electric aviation

25 September 2019, 14:32

A Nordic initiative is now being launched to drive the development of electric flights. Funded by Nordic Innovation (an organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers), a platform is being established to bring together Nordic operators.

“We will be a Nordic network that works widely with infrastructure, industrial issues and new business models,” says Maria Fiskerud, Project Manager of the Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA).

The NEA network will organise workshops and other events to build knowledge and relationships in the Nordic region. The network currently has eleven members: Air Greenland, Avinor, Braathens Regional Airlines, El-fly AS, Finnair, Heart Aerospace, Iceland Air, NISA (Nordic Innovation Sustainable Aviation), RISE, SAS and Swedavia. There are four focus areas with clear objectives to drive the development of electric aviation.

1. Nordic standard for electric aviation infrastructure

There is a lot of work being carried out at national level in order to establish electric aviation.  The goal of the NEA is to coordinate this work so as to create a common standard.

2. Business models for connecting regions

The Nordic countries have a notable airport infrastructure able to connect regions, but the current traffic flow is centralised to the Nordic capitals. With electrification, the costs of purchasing, operating and maintaining aircraft are expected to fall significantly, opening up new business models for regional point-to-point connectivity between more regions in the Nordic countries.

3. Developing technology for the Nordic climate

There are hundreds of electric aircraft projects all over the world, but the challenges posed by Nordic weather conditions are infrequently addressed. For example, the thermal handling of batteries in cold climates. The short runways at regional airfields also pose a challenge. Short runways generally require high wing propeller planes and are vulnerable to icing.

4. Creating European and global cooperation

Nordic governments and airlines are at the forefront of the transition to sustainable air travel. Europe and the rest of the world are turning en masse towards the Nordic countries to lead the way.

“All parts have the potential to have a huge effect. We talk about quality of life, sustainability and accessibility, as well as a great potential for Nordic industry to carry on with its innovations. When we bring together the best in the Nordic region in terms of mobility, we can really make an impression and all operators can strengthen their positions globally,” says Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Advisor from Nordic Innovation.

For more information please contact:

Maria Fiskerud, RISE, Project Manager NEA
+46 (0)10 516 6077   maria.fiskerud@ri.se