Capacity requirements for electrification of aviation

​Dhanush Dasharatha presents his master thesis titled "Capacity requirements for electrification of aviation".
Student: Dhanush Dasharatha

Supervisor: Fayas Malik Kanchiralla

Examiner: Selma Brynolf

Opponent: TDB
​The presentation online in Zoom.
Password: 166421


Electrification is a promising solution to cut down the dependency on fossil fuels and reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation sector. While the road and rail transport have already set a benchmark in this field, the aviation industry is relatively new to electrification. However, worldwide interest has been seen in recent years aiming to develop and commercialize electric aviation. An important part of this process is preparing the airports with the necessary infrastructure before the industry takes off.

This study aims at investigating the charging infrastructure and energy storage needs at airports for electric aviation. More specifically, Fyrstad airport is used as a case study, with a focus on determining the capacity requirements for charging electric aircrafts and evaluating the technical and economic aspects of different charging strategies. 

To begin with, the energy and power requirements for charging the aircrafts were calculated. Based on the results, three different scenarios including changes made in time schedule, battery swapping and investing in additional aircraft were considered for further analysis. The results of each of these scenarios were compared both technically and economically to suggest the most suitable infrastructure at the airport. 

Each scenario had its own merits and limitations. The results showed that technically the best solution was to use simple plug-in charging strategy and invest in additional aircraft, but this was also the most expensive alternative. Finally, taking all factors into account, it was concluded that use of battery swapping technology could potentially be an effective charging strategy in the aviation industry, and that the combined decision of various stakeholders will be important for building the necessary infrastructure at the airport.

Category Student project presentation
Location: Online in Zoom.
Starts: 10 February, 2022, 14:00
Ends: 10 February, 2022, 15:00

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