(15 Sep 2021) Saab, together with Swedish aviation industry partners and universities, is to lead a project that aims to establish a technical roadmap towards fossil-free aviation.
The project, supported by the Swedish Energy Agency, aims to provide an objective and balanced overview of the available options for achieving the goal of fossil-free aviation, through a number of technical solutions, which could pave the way for fossil-free aviation within the next 25 years.
“We are glad to be able to contribute with Saab’s experience and knowledge of the aviation industry from the past 80 years,” said Ann-Kristin Adolfsson, Head of Strategy at Saab – Aeronautics. “Together with the other partners, we look forward to describing the possibilities and challenges we face on the journey towards fossil-free aviation.”
The study, which will primarily focus on the Swedish and Nordic market, will provide decision makers with valuable insights into sustainable aviation, by presenting clear and transparent solutions based on technical evaluations of transport, the national ecosystem and infrastructure, as well as sustainability targets and social and economic welfare.
“Although a number of research reports about electric aviation and biofuel have been published, there have not been any comparative studies taking a broader view on technical solutions aimed at the Nordic market. This project provides a unique possibility to position Sweden’s aviation know-how at the forefront, while providing a firm foundation and roadmap for future Swedish research investments in fossil-free aviation,” said Christopher Jouannet, Senior Engineer Advanced Design at Saab – Aeronautics and manager of the fossil-free aviation project.
The project is a collaboration between leading Swedish aviation companies and universities.
Saab and GKN Aerospace are participating from the industry side while Linköping University and Chalmers University of Technology represent academia. The research network Swedish Aerospace Research Center (SARC) is supporting the work as well as the distribution of the results.
The project will also work with representatives from Innovair, Svenskt Flyg (Swedish Aviation) and Aerospace Cluster Sweden.