With growing concerns around global warming and the
increased usage of sustainable energy resources, hybrid aircraft could play a
bigger role in the future. The aerospace sector has undoubtedly made impressive
strides since the 1950s in terms of increased power and efficiency of engines.
However, more recent studies indicate that engine technology could reach
This means a more reasonable investment in the amount
of energy we can extract from carbon-based fuel. More air travel and more
aircraft in the sky will lead to increased fuel consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions unless we find a suitable fossil fuel substitute.
Animals have long-inspired innovative engineering designs
as they’ve evolved perfectly, as nature intended. This provides the ideal
solution to environmental challenges, something European manufacturer, Airbus, hopes
to achieve as they revealed a brand new concept hybrid-electric aircraft.
Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International
Trade, unveiled the “Bird of Prey” concept at the Royal International
Air Tattoo air show last month. At first glance, it is evident that this new
hybrid-electric aircraft got its inspiration eagles, hawks and other aerial
predators. Airbus revealed this new concept aircraft with the intention of
inspiring the next-generation of aeronautical engineers.
Considered as the world’s first real hybrid airplane,
the Faradair BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft) is a “triple box-wing design
concept”. It’s a clever combination of electric motors and a bio-diesel engine
fitted with several energy saving and recovery technologies. This includes solar
panels on all flight surfaces and high-lift, low-speed flight capabilities.
The concept was first realised back in 2014 when UK
firm, Faradair, proposed a Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft (BEHA). They have now announced
that their plans are in place for a small BEHA airliner. The hybrid aircraft
could be ready to take flight in 2025 as one of the world’s most
environmentally friendly airplanes.
The electric vehicle industry is forever growing and now reaching the aviation world with start-up, Zunum Aero. The Boeing and JetBlue-backed company plans to launch their hybrid electric plane by 2022 flying 12 passengers 500 miles. Ambitious maybe but according to reports, Zunum Aero is well on the way to achieving their goal.
Earlier this month JetSuite signed up as the launch customer for Zunum’s first hybrid electric plane. The Southern California charter air service announced a deal to Continue reading →