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Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (BEHA): Economical than the Train

Researchers have developed a reactor that can produce a liquid fuel, like the kerosene that powers our planes, using only water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and solar energy. More precisely, from the heat that comes to us from the sun. Thanks to a concentrator that raises the temperature to 1,500°C and triggers useful chemical reactions in the reactor.

To achieve the zero-carbon emissions target by 2050 promised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aircraft manufacturers are implementing numerous heterogeneous aircraft projects that combine energy-efficient architectures and electric or hybrid engines that run on biofuels or hydrogen. Based in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, the company plans to fly its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft (Beha) in a few years, a hybrid triplane capable of carrying up to 19 people over short distances. As with all electric-powered aircraft projects, the weight of the batteries remains a concern, hence the choice of a hybrid system that combines an electric motor with a small turbine powered by biofuel. Solar panels on the aircraft wings keep the battery charged on the ground.

 

Eco-friendly and cheaper than the train 

The best advantage of the triplanes is that they are more manoeuvrable and can take off and land on short runways. They also gain height quickly. The big disadvantage is the significant drag generated by the three wings. To reduce it, Faradair envisioned a specific wing shape with large winglets at the end. The Planes will carry out short-haul flights between major cities such as London and Manchester.  The aircraft manufacturer estimates the price for the passenger at around 30 euros, which is cheaper than a train journey between these two cities. According to sources the  first plane will operate by 2025 and commercial flights by 2027.

 

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