The UK aviation industry has set ambitious targets to achieve net zero aviation by 2050, with new interim decarbonisation targets of at least 15% by 2030. To help reach its goal, the UK Government has allotted an £140m Industrial and Hydrogen Revenue Support scheme to accelerate industrial carbon capture and hydrogen, bridging the gap between industrial energy costs from gas and hydrogen and helping green hydrogen projects get off the ground. Despite the financing, decarbonising aviation does not come without its challenges.
The success of this objective will depend on the ability of all stakeholders (manufacturers, subcontractors, regulatory authorities, airport companies, etc.) to work together through interconnected technologies. Today, the holistic use of engineering simulation, virtual prototypes and digital twins can help companies achieve this. But how can these technologies accelerate the carbon-free air mobility revolution?
Accelerating the validation of componentes in the technology stack
In 30 years, the efforts of the aviation industry have enabled CO2 emissions per passenger to be halved. But with the climate emergency, the sector is facing a paradigm shift. Manufacturers have been comfortable with long innovation cycles and have not undergone a radical overhaul for several years, meaning that they now in a position where they must use new technologies that are not mature enough, and implement them in record time. In this context, the challenge is to identify areas where improvements can be made to rapidly increase the energy performance of aircraft.
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