This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and Connected Places Catapult intend to play a leading role to stimulate innovation in the most important transition the aviation sector has ever seen. Our ambition is to drive a bold vision for the future of zero-emission flight to become climate-neutral and create zero-emission commercial aircraft. We are committed to developing, building and testing alternative-propulsion electric, hydrogen-based systems in line with the international goal of reaching net-zero by 2050.
The aviation sector contributes to climate change by accounting for around 2.5% of the globe’s carbon dioxide emissions. World leaders are stepping up on commitments to decarbonise travel and have pledged to “focus on accelerating progress on electrification and batteries, hydrogen, carbon capture, usage and storage, zero emission aviation.”
Through our projects we are bringing together government, industry, and academia to better understand the infrastructure changes required at airports and airfields to prepare for hydrogen-powered and battery electric aircraft. Connected Places Catapult will help build the UK airports and airfields of the future, ensuring they are equipped to support the transition to zero emission flight.
Preparing UK airports for zero emission aircraft – We are bringing together government, industry, and academia to better understand the infrastructure changes required at airports and airfields to prepare for hydrogen-powered and battery electric aircraft.Read More
Connected Places Catapult will be delivering the programme in partnership with Plus X who will support SMEs through a bespoke programme roadmap tailored to their requirements, including investment readiness, technology and product development support.Read More
Join us as we host events that showcase the impact collaboration has on accelerating research and innovation and how transport R&D has the power to create gateways into the market and seed regional economic growth. Here at Connected Places Catapult we are championing new and beneficial technological developments, which is why we are proud to recognise and celebrate the best of the UK’s transport innovators, academics and entrepreneurs at our events.
From de-carbonisation to drone technology, innovation across the UK is seeing unprecedented advancements across the transport sector. The Expo brought together transport leaders, innovators and SMEs to solve current sector challenges and new strategies for growth.Read More
We are proud to be delivering the DfT’s 2021 Transport Research and Innovation Grants: Zero Emission Flight (TRIG: ZEF) Programme for organisations undertaking R&D of technology to help the UK aviation industry’s transition to zero emission flight.Read More
Connected Places Catapult hosted a webinar, showcasing our upcoming Future of Air Mobility accelerator. The webinar covered the analysis we have collated through internal market research, our accelerator process and much more.Read More
Read on to learn how we are accelerating innovation to overcome the challenges of implementing zero emission flight infrastructure, and how this will require a continuing conversation between airports, airfields, airlines, technology providers, government, academia, and others.
In this new White Paper, Connected Places Catapult provides an overview of the technology options available, and highlights the key challenges to be solved, to support the aviation industry to prepare airports and airfields for hydrogen-powered and battery electric aircraft.Read More
We are proud to announce the 15 winning projects that will be recipients of the Department for Transport’s latest Transport Research and Innovation Grant programme – TRIG: Zero Emission Flight. Delivered by Connected Places Catapult, this programme is part of the wider Zero Emissions Flight Infrastructure project.Read More
Funding was committed in the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to invest in cutting edge R&D research into infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to incorporate battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft into day-to-day operations. This work will help build the UK airports and airfields of the future.Read More