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Holistic Evaluation of Electric Flying

Project name Holistic Evaluation of Electric Flying
Acronym GNOSIS
Project partner
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt, Material Flow Management and Resource Economy (SuR) (FSR)
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (ILR, IST, SLA, VKA)
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (BHL)
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig (IFAS)
  • Technische Universität Hamburg (FST)
  • Universität Stuttgart (IAG, IFB)
  • Technische Universität Dresden
Grantor Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Duration 01. July 2020 – 30. June 2023
Project content In the BMWK-funded research project GNOSIS – Holistic Evaluation of Electric Flying, (partially) electric drive configurations for a passenger aircraft are to be developed and evaluated within the aviation research programme LuFo VI-1. The project will be carried out within a nationwide joint project of eight universities over a period of three years and pursues the overall goal of ensuring an environmentally compatible air transport system for the future.
The implementation of a holistic analysis of the potential of electric flying enables the evaluation of selected technology combinations on the aircraft vehicle and air transport system level. In addition to results in the spatial dimension (vehicle, airport, airspace, material and energy supply) and temporal dimension (life cycle analysis), the evaluation also includes legal aspects (certifiability, aviation law). The technical modelling and simulation of (partially) electrified aircraft configurations is integrated into a life cycle assessment, which considers the entire life phase of the aircraft from production to operation and disposal. The field of activity of the FG Material Flow Management and Resource Economy includes the holistic evaluation of the ecological effects of the innovative flight concepts in order to investigate whether the (partially) electrified aircraft configurations can be advantageous over the entire aircraft life cycle.
The project is divided into Phase A, in which a 19-seat passenger aircraft is to be modelled, and Phase B, in which scaling up to an aircraft with 9 or 50 seats and different ranges will be carried out. The final aircraft evaluation will be carried out for the two evaluation horizons in 2025 and 2050. This will enable us to investigate both near-term and longer-term effects in order to derive recommendations for future research and development priorities.