Norway’s Elfly Group is to forge ahead with the production of a full-scale prototype of its all-electric commercial seaplane, the Noemi (No-Emissions) following this week’s confirmation of USD8 million-plus grant from Enova SF, the country’s Ministry of Climate and Environment according to Emerald Media.
“The award underlines the Norwegian Government’s commitment to transition to a low emission society and its ambition to make domestic flying emission free by 2040” says Emerald Media. “Elfly Group will support this goal (when Noemi flies) by reducing CO2 emissions by an approximate three million tonnes worldwide within 2050. Having been awarded more than USD10 million in soft funding, combined with matched funding from early investors, headed by the company’s founding CEO Eric Lithun, Elfly can now progress key milestones at its Jarlsberg, Norway facility.
“Elfly’s amphibious Noemi prototype (non-passenger version) is being readied for first flight in 2025. Noemi is being designed for 200km commercial air journeys, flying at up to 250kmh, from 2030.
“Its seaplane, carrying from nine to 13 people, will be powered by two electric motors with up to 1MW combined output and lithium batteries. It will have an unpressurised cabin, large windows and large access door.
“Elfly Group’s vision is to operate 15 Noemi aircraft on its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Elfly is focusing on its home market first, developing its own infrastructure creating valued connections from the country’s 1,000 plus fjords and 450,000 lakes. Thereafter, it intends to explore opportunities in other short hop markets, considering that 80% of the world’s population lives by the sea.”
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