Developing the future of electric aviation

Test track for eVTOL

Within this project we have developed a test track for eVTOL. The test track is 13 km long and runs from Skellefteå Airport to Northvolts gigafactory. Main focus is to investigate and learn more about some of the enabling areas that need to be in place to make commercial eVTOL operations a reality. 

Testflights have been performed with a large wing drone to learn more about the challenges and opportunities and collect valuable insights to the project. Testflights are important to simulate how future passenger flights can look like, how many minutes flights might take, what the optimal flight height might be, how take off and landing profiles might look like, how flights can be incorporated in the airspace and much more. 

By conducting these test flights in real conditions we have created opportunities for further acceleration and development of electric aircraft and eVTOLs. 

Read the results from the projekt in full HERE.

The project consists of four work packages:

GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE This covers the needs on the ground to handle electrified aviation, safety distances in regards to trajectory, charging solutions and more.
AIRSPACE AND PERMISSIONS This involves air traffic control and other stakeholders to, for example, identify what regulations exist today and permits needed to be able to fly safely.
BUSINESS MODELS AND BUSINESS CASE This investigates the costs and investments associated with testing and commercialization of eVTOL operations.
ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE This is a research package that looks into how eVTOLs, electric aircraft and charging affects creates electromagnetic interference.


The development program was launched in 2021 to help speed up the way to commercialization of battery and hydrogen electric aircraft, eVTOLs, drones and supporting infrastructure. 

The ambition is to become an early adopter of electric aviation and a leading hub in the research and development of electrified aviation in Sweden and beyond. The best way to innovate and push boundaries forward is to collaborate and work together in partnership.


The project RES-flyg (Resource-efficient energy system solutions for airports with high share of electric aviation) is a research project funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and Swedavia AB. Participating parties are RISE, Uppsala University, Swedavia and Skellefteå City Airport.


The project will investigate technical and design conditions for the airport as a node in a logistics system for drones, by initially investigating market conditions, by identifying customers, customer needs, business models and possible partners and competitors. The project´s performance goal is a complete design of the scalable system solution that can be applied to all the country´s airports and airports.


Skellefteå Airport, Skellefteå Municipality, Skanska and the British company Urban-Air Port are initiating a collaboration linked to drone logistics. The goal is to integrate infrastructure for drone deliveries in the large logistics area Hammarängen, which is under development in Skellefteå.


The feasibility study will elaborate on electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in an autonomous and electrified airport environment. The aim is to create a consortium and plan a project with the goal to understand and manage EMI/ EMC in the airport environment linked to the introduction of electric aircrafts and infrastructure such as solar energy, autonomous systems, machines and devices.


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