The MODELflyg project (Infrastructure modelling for large-scale introduction of electric aircraft and air traffic control) is a research project funded by the Swedish Transport Administration. Participating parties are RISE, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration, Swedavia, Örnsköldsvik Airport, Uppsala University and Linköping University.
The project intends to create conditions for battery-electric aviation as one of the pieces of the puzzle for a sustainable and accessible flight, partly through an in-depth modelling study where actual flight data is used to develop an analysis tool for electrification of various air transport flows, but also from an air traffic control perspective. A fully electrified flight can mean zero operational emissions of greenhouse gases, high energy efficiency, significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs, lower noise levels and shorter runways.
In summary, electric aviation can create a new way of thinking about this mode of transport in general, where we can fly sustainably and cost-effectively even shorter distances, with smaller aircraft, directly from where you are, to where you are going. However, to enable the introduction of electric aviation as a mode of transport, planning and preparation of our airports is required. If there is no sufficient infrastructure on the ground that can support electric aircrafts, we will not get anywhere. Thus, it is necessary to investigate and create indications right now of the requirements that the introduction of this technology places on the airports and the air transport system itself - only then can the real, large-scale implementation planning begin.
The long-term purpose is to contribute to the quantification of infrastructure needs for systematic implementation of electric aviation as an important part of the transition to a sustainable transport system. To meet that purpose, the project will address two different sub-tracks:
The overall goal of the project is to develop a generic and flexible simulation model that fulfils the project's purpose, primarily from a quantified charging infrastructure perspective, but partly also what electric aviation can mean from an air traffic control perspective, to also take into account the effects that this technology creates in regards to coordination and operation of the air transport of the future. The parties to the project ensure that the simulation model that is developed becomes as relevant as possible through representation in areas of;
The project's deliverables are expected to form the basis of the following effects:
Operational project manager and responsible for programming, development and design of the simulation model
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