Slovenian company Pipistrel and partners complete first stage of near-zero emission aircraft project
LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), May 7 (SeeNews) – Slovenian light aircraft maker Pipistrel has announced that it has completed the first stage of an EU-funded project to develop a brand new concept of near-zero emissions regional aircraft.
In the first stage of the project, the unit of the company Pipistrel Vertical Solutions with its partners Politecnico di Milano and the Delft University of Technology of the Netherlands (TU Delft) laid the foundations of the methodology and tools for the multi-objective interdisciplinary design and optimization of the new aircraft concept, Pipistrel said in a statement last month.
“Pipistrel’s ambition is to develop and demonstrate a zero-emission 19-seat commuter aircraft to provide completely climate-neutral air mobility over the next decade. Using hydrogen-based propulsion, a 100% emission reduction is expected, ”the company said.
Such an aircraft would also provide a springboard for the use of zero-emission technology on larger platforms such as regional and SMR aircraft, Pipistrel said, adding that he sees the potential of the 19-year zero-emission aircraft. places replacing the larger conventional / non-zero. in the future, increasing the positive impact on the climate and improving the mobility of EU citizens.
The design project of the new UNIFIER19 airliner concept is funded under the European Clean Sky 2 program. It will offer a sustainable and cost-effective air mobility solution by connecting small airports to each other (miniliner) and with hubs (microfeeder), which can accommodate both scheduled and on-demand shuttle flights.
“The two airplane roles (miniliner and microfeeder) are intended as key elements in the future development of a more connected European transport network through improved and environmentally friendly regional air travel,” the company said.
In addition, the optimization will include targets for chemical and sound emissions footprints, with emphasis on the development of hydrogen and battery propulsion.
“The design concept, as a final result of the project, will be the keystone of the European vision Flightpath 2050, which foresees that virtually all EU citizens will reach any continental destination in less than four hours, door to door, by 2050, ”says Pipistrel.
Pipistrel was established in 1989 as the first manufacturer of private planes in the former Yugoslavia.