Dutch to pioneer with knowledge centre for electric aviation
Next month, a new knowledge centre for electric aviation will open at the Teuge airport in Gelderen. Goal is to give the Dutch a pioneer role in this very young sector.
There won’t be a lot of flights yet, flying electrically is still in its infancy, but the new knowledge centre will hopefully change this. The centre is supported by subsidies from the European Union, the municipality of Apeldoorn, some companies and educational establishments. With the money, a Cessna 337 could be purchased and a special hangar has been rented.
Students from technical universities of Delft, Zwolle and Amsterdam will work on special research projects on electric aviation. They will analyze several aspects, like how much time it will take to charge an electric airplane, or when the batteries will need replacement. They will also study the differences in maintaining such planes.
“Sustainable flights are the future”, says Joris Melkert, professor aviation techniques at the TU Delft. “Not for large-scale aviation but all the more for small aviation. There’s a huge amount of small planes that need replacement.”
We will start modestly, he continues. “We will transform an existing airplane into a partly electric one and then we will study the differences in sound, resistance, techniques in summer and winter… We will learn a lot from it.”
Melkert expects Holland to become a pioneer in electric aviation. “We have everything we need: aviation, plants and knowledge. As a country, we need to run faster than the rest”, he concludes. “Besides, in Teuge we have the facilities and the space for it.”