Today’s typical helicopters are powered by thermal engines that convert fossil fuels into energy. Thought to be perfect for air commute due to their potential to generate large portions of energy with a small mass of fossil fuels, they however are infamous for producing emissions like nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2).
The aviation business contributes round 2% of worldwide CO2 emissions. Primary efforts have already been made to restrict gasoline consumption in aviation, but clearly more has to be carried out – and helicopters are on the forefront of this effort. Thanks to their minuscule details’ dimension and low energy wants in comparison with more important mounted wing aircraft, helicopters are the best testbed for brand spanking new technologies.
The options being examined at the moment are many: from lowering the emissions output of typical thermal engines, to going for the holy grail of absolute electric flight – and every little thing in between. Airbus Helicopters’ long-term innovation roadmap includes exploring all options, brick by brick, and making incremental enhancements in direction of an emissions-lighter future.