Electric Energy Epitomises Exeter Airport Road To Recovery

Written by Ranjit Shergill
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By Ranjit Shergill

In the past 12 months, Exeter Airport has witnessed the absence of FlyBe (its main revenue stream) and a perpetuated downturn in passenger traffic and flights, owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic. However, as the prospect of reopening its Airspace draws closer, so does its strategy toward modernizing flying from an environmental perspective.

Electric Energy Epitomises Exeter Airport Road To Recovery

Indeed, Exeter Airport could be about to witness the departure of the first hybrid-electric aircraft commuter flight bound for Newquay Airport. Should this be fulfilled in line with expectations, then this could be the ‘E-Normal’ moving forward.

2ZERO Project Initiative 

All of the above is led by the 2ZERO (Towards Zero Emissions in Regional Aircraft Operations) project. This will witness an evaluation of the requirements for electric-driven flights to be commonplace. Importantly, there will be particular attention paid to the recharging capabilities of aircraft batteries. The hope is that such initiatives will reduce emissions by up to 70%.

A key stakeholder in accelerating the growth of electric flights, AmPaire, was awarded £2.4 million by The Future Flight Challenge. As such, they hope for the entire Aviation Industry to complement the green school of thought, as evidenced by their Vice President of Global Partnership, Susan Ying comments.

She said, “For electric aviation to become commonplace, and play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gases, we need to look at not only electric aircraft but the entire ecosystem to support electric aviation. That will be a key aim of the 2ZERO program.”

Electric Energy Epitomises Exeter Airport Road To Recovery

Electric Energy Epitomises Exeter Airport Road To Recovery

The Road To May 2022

2ZERO project will run until May 2022, by which time there should be clear evidence of progress toward reducing emissions, rather than just coming out of a pandemic recovery.

Such thoughts were echoed by East Devon District Council leader, Paul Arnott. He said, “We are keen to support a green recovery rather than just a return to business as usual and today’s announcement is a  really important step towards this. 

It will ensure that the airport can act as a test bed for new technologies including electric flight and can play a leading role in helping to meet the global challenge of decarbonizing the aviation industry.”

In summary, the future of the freedoms of the sky will be determined by the care the air is treated with.

Ranjit Shergill
"I love opinions whether I agree or disagree with them. As such, writing presents me with the golden opportunity to draw viewership from all backgrounds, thereby reaching out to a worldwide audience. Suffice to say that I am addicted to travelling, whether it be immersing myself in off the beaten track experiences that I endured during my trip through the backroads of Central and South America or cycling along the glamorous backdrop of the River Danube. I embrace cultural hotspots (including my hometown of London) and feel that travelling is a fascinating combination of adrenaline junkie adventures and humbling life experiences. Outside of travel, I enjoy public speaking, darts and love a bargain!"

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