Electric Aircraft – A New Dimension to Flying

Fuel, fuel, fuel everywhere, from a small bike to a large aircraft, the world is getting polluted because of this enormous consumption of fuel. Do you know that it takes up to five gallons of fuel to get an aircraft flying? And this fuel is emitted into the atmosphere, worsening an already worse off atmospheric condition. Again science comes in with a new technology that could probably solve this problem decades to come. That is the use of electronic aviation.

Electronic aircrafts are still in their introductory mode and will take decades to take on the shape of large passenger airlines. For now there are a handful number of small, zero emission aircrafts that work on electric and these aircrafts use photovoltaic cells to charge a battery that powered an electric motor. This concept of electronic aircraft though is not something very recent. It has been tried and tested for ages, and during the 70s these planes were able to fly, but only for five minutes.

Yuneec International

Since then, numerous advancements have been made and the Yuneec International E430 is one of the first planes recently to fly the electronic way and that too for 95miles/hour.

It has a 184-pound lithium polymer battery and takes around four hours to get charged. This innovative, commercial aircraft was made by none other than China, the world’s technical leader, with a price tag of $89,000.

Another similar plane, the SkySpark is also one that challenged the Yuneec and flew at a distance of 155miles/hour, thus setting a whole new record. Inspired from these two aircrafts, large aviation companies are now seeing the new angle of flying green.

skyspark

Ideas and prototypes are being generated for solar powered planes, with understanding the pros and cons for each. The goal is to have light weighted, but powerful batteries to drive a plane like the Boeing 747 the green way. Though this may take decades to actually come into being, it is still a ray of hope and an effort in controlling air pollution.

Solar powered airplanes are also being tested, with an airplane running solely on the heat provided by  the sun, while it is in air. The plane will however not fly when there is no sunlight. The batteries for this are enormous in size and weight, which is why it is still an impossible task to give a passenger’s airline, solar or electric capabilities.

The main problem right now is the size and the weight of the battery, which actually makes the plane much heavier, and that is something to be avoided. For a plane to stay on air, with hundreds of passengers, it needs to be light and easy, which is why having battery powered, large, commercial planes is not a possibility now.

It may be a long way from now, but with the fast paced advancement in technology, it won’t be long before we may be able to save planet Earth from a heavy dose of pollution.

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