Nowadays the issue of energy and fuel is one of the most important issues in the world economy. The question of which energy is the most cost-effective is what the world economy is interested in for decades.
The production of hybrid electric cars is something that has been very popular in the past decade. Electric motors, in addition to their cost-effectiveness, had another advantage, that is, they do not pollute the air and the natural environment. If we add to this the decreasing amounts of oil resources, then we definitely understand the importance of alternative fuels such as electricity.
Can we expect in the near future airplanes on electric power? What kind of impact would the appearance of such planes have?
Are electric planes a reality?
Fuel is one of the most significant expenses for airlines, so designers are profoundly incentivized to juice as many miles out of each drop as possible. The essential question that arises is whether it is feasible to provide enough electrical power for the aircraft flight. In the long run, for longer flights. Electric motors are advantageous because they are more efficient in converting energy into power. On the other side, electric batteries pack much less energy per unit of weight than jet fuel.
This implies that the planes have to bear very massive batteries in order to get closer to the performances of contemporary airlines. Since we know that in the airline industry every gram of weight is of great importance, this is posing as a very serious problem. A key challenge in building electric aircraft involves how much energy can be stored in a given amount of weight of the onboard energy source.
This, of course, does not mean that big companies give up this idea. Large sums of money are allocated for research and finding a solution to make the airplanes on the electricity as soon as possible become reality. The reason for this is not only to save money on fuel but above all to protect the natural environment and reduce the pollution that airplanes produce.
The environmental impact could be significant if this technology comes to life.
This, on the other hand, raises the issue of financial sustainability, as well as the problem of developing battery technology that does not generate a large amount of CO2.