Aviation Innovations Conference: 2022 Conférence sur les innovations dans le domaine de l’aviation: 2022
Green Aviation Future: Electric Airships
Wednesday October 19 to Friday October 21, 2022
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Register online at: https://www.aviationinnovations.info/
Conference Hotel Booking at: https://www.aviationinnovations.info/hotel-travel-info
Time is slipping away. Governments have agreed to a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2035, but climate change is not waiting. Floods, droughts, heat waves and violent storms are increasing in frequency. Carbon emissions must be cut before the Arctic Ocean loses all its ice leading to a “Runaway Greenhouse Effect.” Innovation is needed. Airplanes have the most difficulty adapting to a low carbon future because they require so much energy.
No one disputes that jet engine emissions are large contributors to climate change. The aviation industry is working hard to reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Electrically-powered airplanes are being tested with batteries and hydrogen fuel cells, but significant change in the carbon footprint of fixed-wing aviation is unlikely to be achieved for many years.
A sound economic case exists for continued jet passenger travel, because face-to-face meetings on a global scale are necessary. No similar justification exists for cargo jets, which is the most polluting form of freight transport. Air freight shippers can drastically reduce their carbon footprint by embracing a new aviation age of the electrically-powered airship.
Airships use less energy per tonne-kilometer because they are buoyant and require fuel only for propulsion. Hydrogen can be used as fuel because giant airships have room to store large fuel tanks, without compromising space for freight. Hydrogen fuel cell powered electric airships could meet the transport needs of air cargo shippers and help them meet their commit to green supply chains.
Northern Canada is an ideal place for electric airship cargo operations to begin. Climate change is making the ice roads unreliable. Even existing infrastructure is threatened as the permafrost melts below them.
Electric airships could transport truckload size loads across the wild terrain at about the same price. And unlike roads, have zero environmental impact on the wildlife below. This sparsely populated area would also be acceptable for the introduction of remotely piloted airships.
Year-round cargo airship service would bring prosperity to the Northern economy. Food insecurity, bad housing and poverty could be banished from the indigenous communities. The mining industry would be able to gain economic access to rich mineral deposits. Wind turbine blades could be moved to remote wind farms to power mines, Arctic homes and businesses. The Northern economy would become more resilience, richer and attractive to investment.
Innovations in transportation are transformational. Airships will unlock currently isolated regions from crippling logistical inconvenience to competitive access to economic opportunity. Canada can position itself as a pioneer in what promises to become a huge global industry. Already, FLYING WHALES, a French airship company, has opened an their office in Montreal, Quebec. Homegrown, Buoyant Aircraft Systems International (BASI) has airship research and development offices in Manitoba and Ontario. More airship companies are looking as coming to Canada, soon.
Airship projects are underway in Brazil, Israel, France, the U.K., the U.S. and Canada. Like Rip Van Winkle, after sleeping for many decades, the airship industry has awoken, teeming with new design ideas and opportunities. The 2022 Aviation Innovations Conference brings together representatives from all segments of the aerospace and aviation supply chains.
You should participate in these packed days because you are a stakeholder in this critical industry, either as an airship developer, an aviation parts manufacturer, fixed base operator, logistics provider, First Nations leader, government policymaker/regulator, academic, consultant, investor, student, or as an environmentalist.
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