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E.D. BLOG: Norway is planning for a fleet of electric aircraft, and a company from Newfoundland and Labrador is doing its part

September 26, 2018 | Written By: Kieran Hanley

Each week (or so) when NEIA sends out its newsletter, we try to curate a series of news articles related to clean technology and the environmental sector that not only highlight events that directly impact businesses in the sector or the opportunities available to it… but also the global trends we are seeing as we live and breath this world where environment and business intersect.

One such trend, as the race towards a lower-carbon global economy continues, is the move towards the electrification of traditionally fossil-fueled activities. Take this report from the BBC for example – “Norway’s plan for a fleet of electric planes“. For Norway the electric car is a foregone conclusion; by 2040 the country intends to have all of its short-haul flights leaving domestic airports to be on aircraft powered by electricity. This is an ambitious objective to say the least – but it has the potential to transform aviation.

But what’s most exciting in all of this is that there is a group right here in Newfoundland and Labrador that is pushing the boundaries of electrification in aviation. DuXion’s mission is to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable aviation by creating the most compelling electric propulsion system“. The electrification of the industry seems inevitable; aviation has an environmental footprint, and jurisdictions committed to reducing their emissions know that innovation within the aerospace industry is required to achieve their objectives. Hence Natural Resources Canada‘s move last month to challenge Canadian innovators to develop a cleaner aviation fuel.

We have a strong aviation history here in this province and from that has emerged an aerospace industry that packs a lot of punch. Why can’t Newfoundland and Labrador make a significant contribution to the next generation of aircraft design?

This is just one example of a company in Newfoundland and Labrador doing extraordinary things relating to business and the environment. If you want to hear from DuXion and a whole host of other exciting new companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, check out our What’s New in Cleantech? session at our Newleef conference in October. Click here to view the conference website and agenda!

/ Kieran

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