FAIR – FINDING INNOVATIONS TO ACCELERATE IMPLEMENTATION OF ELECTRIC REGIONAL AVIATION
ELECTRIC AVIATION – the FAIR way of travelling for the Kvarken Region
Electric aviation technology is the up-and-coming innovation. It’s a sustainable way of travelling and the technology itself doesn’t require large investments.
FAIR is developing a methodology to support an early and efficient commercialization of electric-powered regional flights in the Kvarken region
FAIR researches possible flight routes and socio-economic benefits of implementing electric aviation (EA) technology in the Kvarken region. The main objective is to develop efficient business models to support an early commercialization of EA and a realization of identified societal benefits.
In close cooperation with other stakeholders in the field of EA, FAIR will increase the knowledge base on regional effects of EA, propose measures supporting implementation of EA at node level and apply a design driven innovation process aimed at developing products, services and business models.
FAIR – Finding innovations to Accelerate the Implementation of electric Regional aviation – A two-year project funded by Interreg Botnia Atlantica Innovation.
The project has a broad partnership of actors and is coordinated by the Kvarken council as project owner. It builds on a history of extensive cross-border collaboration in the region in different projects. This project is in line with the Traffic strategy for the E12-region with goals for carbon neutral transport as well as measures aimed at investigating east-west regional flight routes.
The technical progress of electric aviation is rapidly advancing. Within the coming five-year period several models of regional electric aircraft will be on the market. Since electric aircraft does not produce any operational greenhouse gas emissions, it is set to be one of the most climate-efficient modes of transport in the future. At the same time, electric operation means drastically reduced fuel and maintenance costs, which creates very competitive operating costs and thus potential for a completely new regional air system.
Early implementation of electric aviation in the Kvarken region has the potential to effectively address some of the region's major challenges such as demographic change and urbanization, long distances and the lack of east-west communications, and the global need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact.
FAIR is divided into four objectives
1. Proposing where to implement electric-powered regional flights in the Kvarken region and increase knowledge of the regional effects
2. Invent the need of measures at nodes and examine financing options
3. Develop innovative concepts and business models supporting an early implementation of electric-powered regional aircraft
4. Raise awareness / knowledge of regional electric aviation in the region to promote demand and accelerate application
WP 1 Regional effects of electric aviation
Delivers a market analysis and a description of regional effects.
WP 2 Guidelines for implementation
Delivers guidelines for how to prepare airports/nodes to support an early implementation of electric flights (including suggestions for external funding).
WP 3 Cross-border innovation process
Delivers new services, products and business models through applying an innovation process with the purpose of gaining added value from electric flight technology within the public and private sectors.
The runtime of FAIR is 2020-05-01 – 2022-06-30.
The FAIR project does not involve any physical investments.
1 087 500 EUR, whereof 60% EU-funding via the Interreg Botnia-Atlantica programme. The rest of the funding comes from national and regional co-funding, from the Nordic Council of Ministers and from municipal and private co-funding.
The funding application has been sent to Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia and Region Västerbotten. If the project is granted funding, the list of beneficiaries and financiers will be as follows:
Kvarken Council (Lead part) | BioFuel Region BFR AB | Region Västerbotten | RISE Research Institutes of Sweden | Umeå University | University of Vaasa
Interreg Botnia Atlantica | Region Västerbotten | Regional Council of Ostrobothnia | City of Vaasa | FAB Kronoby Flyghangar | Into Seinäjoki Oy | Lycksele Flygplats AB | MidtSkandia | Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce | Skellefteå City Airport AB | Skellefteå Kraft AB | South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce | Storumans Kommunföretag AB | Swedavia Umeå Airport | Umeå Municipality | Vaasan Sähkö Oy | Vaasa Region Development Company, VASEK | Västerbotten Chamber of Commerce | Örnsköldsvik Airport AB
Air Traffic Network | BSR ACCESS | ELISE | Finavia | Funktionshinderrådet Umeå | Future Cleantech Solutions | Green Flyway | Grön Flygplats | Heart Aerospace | Helsinki Electric Aviation Association ry | Jonair | Luftfartsverket | NEA – Nordic Network for Electric Aviation | Umeå kommunföretag AB | Umeå Institute of Design | The Swedish 2030-secretariat | Transportföretagen