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Fortum actively participating in developing electric aviation in Finland

Fortum actively participating in developing electric aviation in Finland

Fortum is participating in the Helsinki Electric Airplane Association’s project that is testing an electrically-powered airplane.

The first serial produced electric airplane purchased in Finland, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro, is scheduled to take its maiden flight in Finland on 31 July 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Helsinki-Malmi Airport.

“We believe that the electrification of transportation is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We have been a pioneer in the development and expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the Nordic countries. Now we want to apply the experience we’ve gained about the EV charging infrastructure in the development of the rapidly evolving electric aviation,” says Heli Antila, Chief Technology Officer, Fortum.

The use of electricity in aviation reduces emissions into the atmosphere and noise around airports. The solution is to use fully electric motors in small airplanes and hybrid technology in bigger passenger airplanes.

“By participating in this first electric airplane project in Finland, we will gain valuable knowledge about the charging of electric airplane batteries, battery life and power consumption during the different phases of flying. We can apply this information in the development and building of the aviation infrastructure,” says Project Manager TapioPoutiainen from Fortum.

In addition to collecting research data, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro electric airplane will be used diversely in pilot training.

“Because an electric airplane is cheaper to use compared to conventional airplanes, it enables more people to enrol in flight school – those who are enthusiasts or those who are dreaming of a piloting career. Based on some estimates, the use of an electric airplane in flight school could decrease the cost of the training by up to one third,” says JanneVasama from the Helsinki Electric Airplane Association.

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