The E-Fan X jet heralds an electric passenger plane revolution

December 28, 2017 by  
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The E-Fan X is a hybrid-electric jet plane that may herald a new era of electric power in transportation . Designed by a consortium that includes Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens, the E-Fan X will offer partially electric powered flights that are cheaper, quieter, and more sustainable. “Aviation has been the last frontier in the electrification of transport, and slow to catch up,” said Rolls-Royce chief technology officer Paul Stein, according to the Guardian.  “This will be a new era of aviation.” This breakthrough in energy-transportation technology, which may encourage the growth of short-distance, small-to-medium passenger capacity aircraft, could change how airports are structured and incorporated into urban design . While the E-Fan X will be a major step forward for electric planes , it will fly on a hybrid engine because purely electric passenger flight is beyond current technological limits. “Aviation has always eluded electrification largely because of the size and weight of components involved,” said Stein, according to the Guardian . “But technology has moved on apace. Electrification is now poised to make a significant impact.” In light of these advances in the field, there is likely to be growth in three kinds of electric planes. Related: Boeing to reveal mysterious space plane of the future The first group includes air taxis, such as Uber Elevate , which are capable of transporting small numbers of people over relatively short distances. These would most likely be used to avoid urban congestion on the ground if one needs to cross a city . The second group includes regional jets, such as the E-Fan X. “Our target end game is a fixed wing, regional hybrid design,” said Stein. The third group includes long-distance commercial jets, which are much less developed under current technology. However, battery technology has made great leaps and bounds in recent years, so perhaps it may not be as faraway as we think. Via the Guardian Images via Airbus

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What Happens to Airplanes No Longer Fit to Fly?

November 3, 2017 by  
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As a kid, I remember seeing striking pictures of massive … The post What Happens to Airplanes No Longer Fit to Fly? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane

March 22, 2017 by  
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The electric car market just keeps growing, but electric planes aren’t yet a common sight. Wright Electric plans to change that with a 150-seat commercial passenger airplane powered by batteries . They presented their idea in Silicon Valley at renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Demo Day yesterday – can they usher in a new era of cleaner flight? After quietly running in stealth mode, Wright Electric unveiled their business idea to a group of investors in Mountain View, California. Their plan? To disrupt the 737 market with an environmentally friendly alternative. Even though the company is just a year old, they’re well on their way to success: they hired a team NASA funded in the past to explore electric planes, and have partnered with EasyJet , a low-cost British airline, to help propel their vision. It appears Wright Electric captured the attention of the Y Combinator team; CEO Michael Seibel said, “This is one of the best hard tech teams I’ve seen.” Related: Meet Maxwell, NASA’s zero-emission 14-motor electric airplane Wright Electric’s battery-powered planes are targeted for short-haul trips, or flights with a duration of less than 300 miles: New York to Boston or London to Paris. 30 percent of existing flights are currently short-haul. How the planes are precisely powered will depend on how far battery technology advances; Wright Electric’s planes could either be all-electric or run on a hybrid system much like a Chevy Volt . There’s already interest for such airplanes: earlier in March in a blog post the company said a “high-net-worth individual wants our electric 150-seater as his fifth private jet.” Last year Airbus and Boeing sold 737-style 967 planes for around $90 million apiece, so Wright Electric has the potential to be profitable once their planes are ready. That date could still be several years away, but the company has still set an ambitious goal: make every short-haul flight electric in just two decades. Via TechCrunch Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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Scientists create self-healing material which could repair airplanes in mid-flight

June 11, 2015 by  
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First there were video phones and then along came self-driving cars. Now, it looks like another sci-fi cliché, is set to become a part of everyday life. Scientists at the University of Bristol in England have spent three years developing a self-healing material that could repair airplane wings mid-flight, fix cracks in bicycle frames and heal small fissures in wind turbines. Read the rest of Scientists create self-healing material which could repair airplanes in mid-flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aircraft , airplanes , bicycle frames , carbon fibre , planes , self-healing planes , self-healing technology , self-healing wings , Technology , university of bristol , wind turbines

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Aviation industry looks to emissions trading to meet environmental goals

January 6, 2015 by  
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A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions , which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the industry will not be able to meet their 2020 goal of becoming essentially carbon neutral. Instead, they might be able to meet that goal by 2050, if they pull out all the stops. Read the rest of Aviation industry looks to emissions trading to meet environmental goals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aircraft , airlines , airplanes , Alternative Fuel , aviation , carbon emissions , Carbon Tax , Climate Change , emissions , emissions trading , flying , global warming , greenhouse gas , planes , renewable energy , Technology

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Forget Airplanes, Travel Via Cloud: Floating Zeppelin Network by Tiago Barros

October 18, 2011 by  
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Images: Tiago Barros In a world where everything seems to operate at hyper-speeds (often at the expense of the environment), we’re well aware of the apparent benefits behind such movements as ” slow food ” ” slow cities ” and ” slow design .” But what about “

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Nesting Turtles Close JFK Runway in ‘Zen’ Moment

July 1, 2011 by  
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A diamondback terrapin turtle. Photo: Christina Mohrmann/Grand Bay NERR via U.S.

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Celebration of British Culture at the Festival of Britain

July 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter The original Festival of Britain in 1951 was a huge celebration of British culture, design, art, science and ingenuity

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More NYC Geese To Be Killed This Year – And Sent to Pennsylvania Slaughterhouse

June 16, 2011 by  
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Image: passer-by via flickr New York City has just started another round of killing hundreds of geese , at taxpayer expense, despite that the cull has so far failed to limit geese population growth or improve air safety. The geese culls have

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Elusive Conneticut Mountain Lion Finally Found, Unfortunately Dead

June 16, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: KRO-Media / Creative Commons The eastern cougar has been extinct for more than 100 years , according to biologists, but this hasn’t kept people living around Greenwich, Connecticut, from calling local conservation officers with reports of mountain lion sightings. For months, the Department of Environmental Protection fielded calls but paid little attention, stating that the likelih…

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