Electric Aviation Group (EAG) has, at its core, a team of professionals with many years of experience in both the aircraft industry and academia. This rich environment enables EAG to assimilate technical innovations from a wide range of sectors and integrate them into operational aircraft concepts that recognise the demands of Certification and Operability. EAG is well-positioned to consider the paradigm shift in aviation towards electric flight that will be essential if the Flightpath 2050 targets are to be met. EAG is also actively ensuring that these technical innovations are protected and therefore of value to the UK and society in general.
Whilst a number of small electric and hybrid-electric aircraft, up to 19 seats, have been proposed, their limited range and small capacity will make it difficult for an airline to deploy them on profitable routes in sufficient numbers to have a measurable impact on the environment and make a profit. By focussing on the key technical and integration challenges facing a larger aircraft, EAG has shown that it is possible to launch regional aircraft with up to 70 seats and ranges up to 1200 nautical miles. Since the majority of commercial flights flown in the World on a daily basis are at ranges less than this there is an unrivalled opportunity for a first mover in this sector.
The key technical challenges can be summarised; management of the thermal environment around the motors, batteries, and cables, developing systems autonomy to safely manage the volatile nature of energy storage in batteries and finding a way to integrate all these together in a safe and reliable air frame that can be certificated without undue issues. EAG has developed a range of innovative technologies that cover all these aspects. In addition, an ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to how electric propulsion can be used offers an opportunity to significantly reduce the noise footprint of these aircraft.
EAG can mobilize its network to deliver leading-edge solutions to challenging problems with a focus on electric aviation. EAG also functions in an advisory or consultancy capacity to any organization within the aviation industry.
To develop differentiating, disruptive technologies that enable the design and manufacture of 70+ seat hybrid and all-electric aircraft that have a measurable impact on carbon emissions and noise.
- To identify and lead the development of technologies for sustainable electric aviation taking into account operability, economics and Certification
- To protect those technologies in the UK and Internationally enabling UK to become the global technology hub for electric and sustainable aviation
- To assess the value of those technologies within integrated environments and thereby influence their synergistic development
- To explore innovative platform concepts enabled by those technologies
- To provide advice and consultancy services to end users, the supply chain, the media and legislative authorities.