Developing the future of electric aviation
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.
The project is a feasibility study for setting up an Open Area Test Site (OATS) at Skellefteå Airport for
testing the electric and magnetic signals emitted by electric aircrafts, eVTOLs, drones, connected
electrified powertrains and charging infrastructure. A goal is to also offer test for heavy veichles and
collaborate with the Swedish Proving Ground Association (SPGA).
The test site will be unique in its kind as it is set up in an airport environment meaning that tests can
be conducted in the environment, they later will operate in.
OATS is an important complement to the ELIS testbed that is established at the airport and will work
in close cooperation with both the ELIS program and the new Arctic Center of Electrification (ACE)
which is under construction at the Campus area in Skellefteå.
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.
Four work packages within the project Test track for eVTOL:
Test track for eVTOL
Within the eVTOL project is a 13 kilometer long test track that runs from Skellefteå Airport to the Northvolt factory.
The main focus is to investigate and learn about some of the areas that need to be in place to make commercial eVTOL a reality.
Watch to film to learn more.