Zero Emission Flight

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 zero-emission flight decarbonization challenge

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.”

Zero Emission Flight Projects

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.

Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure
Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure

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.

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Future of Air Mobility Accelerator
Future of Air Mobility Accelerator

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.

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Zero Emission Flight Events

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.

Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT
Transport Innovation Expo in collaboration with DfT

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.

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TRIG: Zero Emission Flight Support & Information Webinar
TRIG: Zero Emission Flight Support & Information Webinar

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.

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Future of Air Mobility accelerator webinar
Future of Air Mobility accelerator webinar

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.

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Zero Emission Flight News & Analysis

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.

Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure White Paper : (ZEFI) programme
Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure White Paper : (ZEFI) programme

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.

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Winners of Transport Research and Innovation Grant: ZEF Programme
Winners of Transport Research and Innovation Grant: ZEF Programme

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.

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Zero Emission Flight Competition Launched in Collaboration with DfT
Zero Emission Flight Competition Launched in Collaboration with DfT

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.

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