2ZERO – Towards Zero Emissions in Regional Airline Operations
The 2ZERO project uses a holistic systems approach to simulate and physically demonstrate the viability of electric aircraft in regional air transport operations and the changes needed to achieve a scalable ecosystem with demonstrable economic and environmental impact. The 2ZERO project will carry out flight demonstration of a novel 365KW initial prototype of 6-seat hybrid electric (HE) aircraft to assess performance capabilities and operational requirements.
The project will also integrate a hybrid-electric powertrain and novel battery pack energy system to scale up to a larger passenger aircraft in preparation for flight demonstration in Phase3. This would be the largest passenger capacity for which HE flight is demonstrated. Modelling and simulation will be used to optimise flights based on this class of HE aircraft. This research will uncover the system-wide changes necessary for future operations of HE aircraft, including new standards and certification, airport infrastructure, demand management for renewable ground power (storage, distribution, and charging), optimisation of ground operations and air traffic route systems. Significantly, reduced operating costs and the Point to Point route structure will dramatically improve flexibility for airline operators and ease congestion at major hubs by creating viable routes from smaller regional airports.
The 2ZERO project stakeholders are: Ampaire Ltd (Lead Partner), Rolls-Royce PLC, Loganair, the University of Nottingham, Cornwall Airport Newquay, Exeter Airport and Heart of the South West LEP. The project is also working closely with UK Power Networks Services.
For more information about the 2ZERO project please contact:
Dr Jason Atkin
Project PI (University of Nottingham)
Dr Susan Ying
Project Lead (Ampaire)
This project has received funding from Innovate UK under UKRI’s Future Flight Challenge Fund. The grant agreement number is 74829