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MODELflyg

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:

  1. Electric aviation on the ground - Given different degrees of electrification of air transport, or different electrification strategies; what does the recipient (typically the airport) need to prepare for in order to facilitate the transport work with regard to current and/or any future activity?
  2. Electric aviation in the air - What does the future of electric aviation mean for the existing airspace infrastructure, what new requirements and new opportunities arise, and how can we effectively work with these from an air traffic control perspective to facilitate the introduction of electric aviation?

The overall goal of the project is to develop a generic and flexible simulation model that fulfils the project's purpose, partly from a quantified charging infrastructure perspective, but also what electric aircraft 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;

  • Air traffic control
  • Airport & airport owners
  • Aircraft modelling and simulations
  • Electricity network simulations, impact on local and regional electricity networks

Effects

The project's deliverables are expected to form the basis of the following effects:

  • Which infrastructure investments need to be made at airports, which charging solutions are most advantageous, how charging can be planned and peak-loads spread out etc.
  • Create a better understanding of what the acquisition and operation of electric aviation operations entail, which routes are advantageous to conduct electric air traffic on, whether charging times and other things change things such as uptime compared to conventional operation, etc.
  • Understanding of how a future introduction of electric aircraft may affect surrounding electricity networks. Does there need to be any reinforcement? Can you work with local production of renewable energy to cover a certain part of the energy needs?
  • Understanding of what new opportunities and limitations the technology entails from both an infrastructure and an air traffic control perspective.
  • Simple, well-developed methods and models for assessing the future potential of electric aviation, which increases the knowledge of, for example, authorities and other public entities that have the highest responsibility for driving the transition to a more sustainable transportation system.

Summary

Project name

MODELflyg

Status

Active

RISE role in project

Operational project manager and responsible for programming, development and design of the simulation model

Project start

Duration

2022-02-01

Total budget

3 926 000 SEK

Partner

Swedavia, Örnsköldsvik Airport, Linköping University, Uppsala University

Funders

Trafikverket

Coordinators

Project members

Supports the UN sustainability goals

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
11. Sustainable cities and communities
Hampus Alfredsson

Contact person

Hampus Alfredsson

Researcher

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