This is the first and only report to analyse all forms of electric flying
vehicle from robot insects to new solar airships, light aircraft and airliners
and give timelines to 2022. It covers manned and unmanned aircraft,
technology, funding, standards and other aspects for hybrid and pure electric
versions across the world. Unusually, we compare what is happening in aviation
with progress in land and water based electric vehicles that are in some ways
further progressed yet use similar components and powertrains to achieve
largely similar objectives.
Aircraft design will never be the same again after the pressure to save the
planet, reduce local noise, air and land pollution, reduce dependency on
foreign oil and large areas of land for operations and to modernise industry
or see it collapse. Belatedly, leaded fuel is being banned for aviation and
considerable financial support is now available for the creation of new types
of electric aircraft.
In this report we look at the considerable choices of component, system and
structure for pure and hybrid electric aircraft, the huge number of projects
and the few commercial successes. We examine what will happen over the next
ten years. Unusually, we view all this in the light of what is being achieved
in electric vehicles for land and water. What is the best selling electric
aeroplane and what is the biggest development contract landed for electric
aircraft? Why are microturbine range extenders so interesting and will there
be a big retrofit market for electric drives in light aircraft? Where are fuel
cells for aircraft headed and which types of traction battery are favoured and
why? How do smart skin and multiple energy harvesting fit in? Which are the
organisations to watch? It is all here.
UAV market numbers 2011-2022
This report is essential reading for chief executives, sales and marketing and
business planning vice presidents and those in government, finical
institution, consultants etc to understand electric aircraft and where they
are headed. It has no equations, and covers the basics of battery, motor,
supercapacitor, supercabattery, flexible solar cell, fuel cell and other
components, so the non technical reader can learn a great deal. However, it
progresses to compare such things as hybrid powertrain options for aircraft,
preferred batteries to power aircraft, battery cathode, anode and cell
geometry, flexible printed photovoltaics chemistries for aviation and who is
winning in electric aircraft and why - flight trials, development contracts,
launch dates. The trend toward bigger batteries and various types of range
extender is explained and the options appraised.
With the next generation of electric aircraft being designed from the ground
up rather than shoehorned into existing airframes, we explain what will be
possible with printed electronics including new components such as flexible,
lightweight solar cells and new airframes and missions. Flying motorcycles,
planes that dive to become submarines, huge solar powered radar airships
through to retrofitting a Cessna are considered, with funding from a few
thousand dollars to 530 million dollars on one project. Throughout, we
benchmark best practice with land and water EVs, price premium and pay back
elements with many comparison charts and figures.
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