Campus Café – 6 dec 2022
Campus Café – 6 dec 2022

Campus Café | Sustainability in aviation

15:30 - 17:30
Twente Airport at Technology Base

Sustainability in aviation

Aviation must reinvent itself in order to be climate neutral by 2050. This requires innovations in all aspects of aviation and calls for extensive experimentation, training and testing programs. Major steps must be taken within ten years to make aviation more sustainable.

You will hear during the Campus Café on Tuesday 6 December how far we have come in the Netherlands and Twente in making aviation more sustainable and whether we will be able to fly the whole family to the Canary Islands electrically in 10 years’ time.


15:30   Walk-in
15.45  Sustainable aviation: position of the Twente ecosystem
16.05   The flight of thermoplastic composites, by TPRC
16.25   H2 Big Drone, by Machinefabriek Boessenkool
16.45   Solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable aviation, by DEAC
17.05   Wrap up
17:15   Drinks

The flight of thermoplastic composites

The TPRC focuses on promoting the widespread adoption of thermoplastic composites for rapid manufacturing of advanced structures through fundamental knowledge development. By involving the entire value chain in the TPRC consortium, the aim is to meet the demands on lightweight design for more sustainable transportation in the future.

Sustainable aviation: position of the Twente ecosystem

The eastern Netherlands is home to about 20% of the national aviation sector. With DEAC, E-Flight Academy, Electron, Lucy and many others, we are leading the way in the electrification of (business) air traffic. A new ecosystem is being built in the Eastern Netherlands that provides new regional mobility (corridors) in the EU. The goal is CO2 savings, but not so much by making commercial aviation more sustainable, but in addition to train traffic, by replacing (business) car traffic on distances of 200 to 500 km with electric flying (or other sustainable solutions).

H2 Big Drone

Drone4, sister company of Machinefabriek Boessenkool, has developed a battery/electric drone with a pay load of 150kg and a flight time of ± 15 minutes. Together with Saxion, Boessenkool is further developing this mega drone into a hybrid hydrogen drone (fuell cell/battery) with greater range for agricultural applications, defense, transportation and logistics.

Solutions for tomorrow’s sustainable aviation

The research and expertise center for sustainable aviation (DEAC) works together with companies, knowledge institutions and governments on the solutions for the sustainable aviation of tomorrow. They want to make hybrid and electric aviation possible, with the main goal: cleaner, quieter and more economical flying.

E-Flight Academy is also committed to making flying more sustainable. They do this by using electric aircraft wherever possible. They fly Pipistrel Velis Electro aircraft, ultra-modern two-seaters made in Slovenia. These aircraft were specially developed for flight training and make it possible to train pilots without emitting emissions during flight. The knowledge and experience they gain from this is needed to be able to transport passengers with larger electric aircraft and we can actually fly electric and emission-free to our vacation destinations.

Weather permitting, a Pipistrel will also be present at Twente Airport, so you can see for yourself how you can already fly cleaner, quieter and more economically today.

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