Strategic Research Area
introtekst Clean Aviation
The goal of Clean Aviation is net-zero climate emissions for all flights by 2050. Electric propulsion is the preferred sustainable solution. We are conducting research on different solutions depending on the flight segment considered.
- Electric motors powered by batteries is a solution for commuter aircraft over shorter distances. It is very well suited for Norway, as we have one of the largest short-haul networks in Europe.
- Hydrogen is even lighter than today's aviation fuels, even without CO2 emissions. Through fuel cells, the chemical energy of the hydrogen may be converted into electricity, with clean water as the only byproduct. As a result, other influential climate gases, such as water vapor and NOx, are removed. Batteries tend to be too heavy for regional- and medium-haul flight segments.
Our interdisciplinary research initiative at NTNU aims to develop scalable zero-emission technology for the future. The development will accelerate through demonstrators of integrated solutions with the aim of increased sustainability, electrification, digitalisation, and safety. We closely collaborate with the European partnership in our journey toward future aviation, aiming to reduce emissions in aviation beyond 'Flightpath 2050', i.e., CO2 by 75%; NOx by 90%; noise pollution by 65%