Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamor for electric planes: Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show

By Jasper Jolly Sat 15 Jun 2019 The Guardian Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by …

Using aviation biofuel continues to be difficult

Emissions from flying are comparatively low, but growing May 30th 2019, The Economist Compared with electricity generation (44%), road transport (17%) and even cement-making (4%), aviation, at about 2%, is not a huge source of man-made greenhouse-gas emissions. But it is a source, and it is growing fast. The International Civil Aviation Organisation, an arm of the un, forecasts that such emissions …

When Airplanes Are Designed To Be Energy Agnostic, You Know Electricity Is Banging At The Door

April 20th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica The amount of breakthroughs and progress electric aviation has made this past decade are awe inspiring. We’ve got news practically every day of electric airplanes (e-planes) and electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) aircraft under development, planned for market, or already arriving. When you look back to long-off dreams of electric VTOL aircraft back …

Vancouver-based airline is switching entire fleet of planes, 500,000 passengers annually, to electric

In addition to being a great efficiency improvement, with an electric motor, the planes’ engines don’t need to be rebuilt every 2,500 to 3,000 hours. Maintenance is much lower.  Harbour Air Is Switching Over To 100% Electric Seaplanes, April 6th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart in Clean Technica It’s always great hearing stories such as a new one from seaplane operator Harbour Air, which …

The race is on to build batteries big enough for planes to fly on clean electricity.

Norway announced last year that the country wants all domestic flights to be electric by 2040.  Beyond the hardware, electric aircraft stand to change airline business operations. Electric motors can allow for very short — even vertical — takeoff and landing, which means they don’t necessarily need an airport with huge runways. So rather than airlines, these aircraft could operate as …

The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or trains. Here’s why.

According to a January Hart Research Associates and Normington-Petts poll, likely primary and caucus voters in California, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina are all more inclined to back a candidate with a Green New Deal-like proposal. Those states will play a major role in selecting the Democratic nominee. The Green New Deal doesn’t need to choose between planes or …

Should we cut way back on flying? Stop going to conferences?

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Airlines are free of fuel tax and cheap flying generates more of it

Ed Note:  On the “good example” end of the spectrum is a zero carbon retreat next Monday and Tuesday that is entirely online and free: https://www.zneretreat.com/ By Lloyd Alter Should we just stop flying to conferences?  It really isn’t necessary but it sure is a lot of fun. I am conflicted. The Passivhaus movement is growing all over the world, and …

Bell Shows Its 5-Seat Nexus Air Taxi, Aiming for 50 cents a mile, while Rolls-Royce Builds World’s Fastest Electric Airplane

January 16th, 2019 by Nicolas Zart on Clean Technica The air taxi space is crowded — if not on paper, then with prototypes and flying demos. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is a global helicopter leader and no stranger to the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) world. It announced the Bell Nexus, a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a few …