Workvisit on electric aircraft brings Dutch Parliament to Delft

Government receiving status on sustainable aviation initiatives from Inholland and TU Delft

  • Date: January 17, 2020
  • Event: Workvisit Dutch Parliament 
  • Occasion: Status sustainable aviation

To stay informed about the academic developments in sustainable aviation, Jan Paternotte (2e kamer/house of representatives member) visited Inholland and the TU Delft on January 17 2020. Paternotte owns the aviation, higher education & science and integration portfolio on behalf of the Dutch house of representatives and has a high interest in developments in electric aircraft. For this event Paternotte brought D66-Delft party members and spend half a day on the campus in Delft to receive the latest research updates regarding zero-emission-flight.

This event was jointly facilitated by the executive management of the two universities in Delft and started at Inholland Composites, one of the Applied Sciences labs at Inholland. Henri Werij (Dean of Aerospace Engineering – TU Delft) kicked off with a masterclass on sustainable aviation and the need for global collaboration to achieve the emission-free aviation goals set for 2070. The Flying V case was presented to illustrate what emission reductions can already be achieved by applying existing technology, but with a total different design philosophy. Werij stressed that electric aircraft developments are extremely important, but highlighted that alternatives for long distance flights still require a lot of research. Hydrogen fuel cells for instance is an option, but is not mature enough yet.

Antoine Gerritse (head of Aeronautical & Precision Engineering – Inholland Delft) provided an update on the recent decarbonization initiatives at Inholland and the need to drive for curriculum changes. Gerritse took the opportunity to inform Paternotte about the research projects recently executed by Inhollands Aeronautical Engineering students regarding electric mobility for the aviation. Arnold Koetje (Manager Applied Sciences Labs Aeronautical- and Precision Engineering – Inholland Delft) invited everyone for a tour at the Inholland lab facilities and project Dragonfly, the most recent and important applied research project involving electrification of an aircraft. The meeting was concluded with a visit at Aerospace faculty of the TU Delft where Werij showed the Dutch vision of achieving emission-free flight by 2070, jointly developed with the Royal NLR. The meeting ended at the build of the Flying V scale model.