Electric aircraft developer Ampaire and Black & Veatch – global provider of sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy and transportation electrification – will collaborate on developing airport electrification that supports tomorrow’s electric aviation needs.
Against the backdrop of a reimagined aviation sector, both companies say they “will work to identify and evaluate opportunities to plan, engineer and construct infrastructure for electric air mobility at airports, working with early adopters in the Americas, Europe and Asia.”
According to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two companies, the global collaboration will focus on creating reliable, clean-energy-powered charging and sustainable aviation fueling supply – at a growing number of airports – leveraging solar, energy storage and the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply chain.
The press release reports “the initiative seeks to include broad range of air and ground side stakeholders who will benefit from shared infrastructure and Black & Veatch’s deep knowledge of power and communications infrastructure applied to this innovative industry sector.”
Furthermore it reports “Ampaire has been at the forefront of modern air mobility, having flown 481 miles nonstop from Perth, Scotland, to Exeter in southwest England in August of last year with its “Electric EEL” aircraft – a six-seat Cessna, modified with hybrid-electric propulsion. It is to date the longest flight by a commercial-sized, hybrid-electric aircraft.”
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