Industries around the world are feeling the pressure from both government installations and consumers to adopt more earth-friendly practices. The common term for eco-friendly operations or purchases is “going green.” For some industries, the nature of the services and products provided make it a lot harder to reduce an impact on the environment. For the aerospace industry, there is a lot of guilt and criticism over the damage flight travel brings to the earth.
Getting Rid of Air Transport
The impact of greenhouse gas emissions has many extremists calling for the end of air transport, but this approach is both outdated and highly narrow-minded. Much like the move of automotive manufacturers and the production of vehicles with zero emissions, there is hope that some shorter flight paths could be managed through electric operations. Norway is leading the way in exploring electric flight opportunities, aiming for 2040 as a year to becomes totally electric in the air. Currently, it is estimated that 5% of the global warming crisis can be attributed to CO2 emissions, nitrogen oxide, and water vapor released during flight operations.
Proactive Measures Against Pollution
Statistics are projecting that air passenger needs will climb to around 7.8 billion people by 2036. With the increase in air traffic, there is a serious concern about the effects on global warming. The airline industry has taken steps to reduce its CO2 emissions, relying on chemical milling companies to improve efficiency on the aircraft by reducing the weight of the fuselage skins and other parts of the jet. However, more serious conversations are joining Norway’s approach to exploring electric options. Boeing and Airbus are looking into options of electric planes, considering hybrid models in early designs. The engine makes Rolls Royce and the German industrial group Siemens are working with Airbus for an electric hybrid that is supposed to be released in 2020.
Trouble in Electric Air Travel
While there is a benefit of cheap operating costs with electric air travel, the prime concerns remain the performance of the batteries and electricity storage. Batteries are a lot heaving than the fuel used to power airplanes, and the bulk of the energy that is used will be spent on carrying the battery during flight. As technology continues to develop, this an area of potential to be explored. With simpler motors and cheap electric options, the trouble with air travel won’t be the emissions, but with which company will be able to go full-throttle before the competition.