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Integration and Digital Demonstration of Low-emission Aircraft Technologies and Airport Operations

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€3 111 446
EU Contribution
€3 111 446
Project Acronym
INDIGO
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Aviation is a significant contributor to high emissions of pollutants and noise in the vicinity of local airports. To address this issue, a new roadmap for the development of disruptive technologies and concepts of operations is needed. This will require a combination of interventions on both the aircraft and the airport itself. The EUfunded INDIGO project will unite academia, research centres and airports to identify to improve local air quality and noise reduction resulting from a new nonconventional mid-range aircraft. It has distributed propulsion based on hybrid electric/sustainable and conventional fuel powertrain and large aspect-ratio wings that allow for quiet flight with zero-to-low emissions at low altitudes near airports. Conventional fuel is only used when necessary.

Objectives

Achieving the goals of climate neutrality by reducing the impact of aviation is a task that requires a carefully drafted roadmap for the development of disruptive technologies and concepts of operations. With particular attention to the emissions of pollutants and noise in airport local airport areas, a synergetic approach is needed that combines together interventions on the aircraft side and on the airport side. This calls for coordinated efforts in developing technologies that not only provide benefits during cruise conditions but also are capable of improving the local air quality and noise in airport areas where the impact of pollutants and annoyance to local communities has been demonstrated to be quite large in terms of morbidity and mortality.

Methodology

INDIGO is a collaborative project between academia, research centres and airports that aims at identifying the margins of improvement in airport local air quality and noise resulting from the introduction of a new non-conventional mid-range aircraft featuring distributed propulsion based on hybrid electric/sustainable and conventional fuel powertrain and large aspect-ratio wings capable to fly quietly and in zero-to-low-emission mode (i.e. electric and SAF) at low altitudes near airports and resort to conventional aviation fuel only when required, e.g. at higher altitudes or to recharge batteries during cruise. INDIGO will explore a new paradigm for the next-generation of silent and clean mid-range aircraft and for the way such a new aircraft will allow transforming the operations “at and near” airports. It will introduce improved methods for the analysis of future aviation environmental impact that, under the filter of uncertainty, will be able to account for non-conventional aircraft performance and future airport scenarios.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.7 - Clean, Safe and Accessible Transport and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.6 - Industrial Competitiveness in Transport
Other Programme
HORIZON-CL5-2022-D5-01-12 Towards a silent and ultra-low local air pollution aircraft

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID
Address
CALLE MADRID 126, 28903 GETAFE (MADRID), Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€476 296
Partner Organisations
Organisation
STARPTAUTISKA LIDOSTA RIGA
Address
LIDOSTA RIGA 10/1, Riga, LV-1053, Latvia
EU Contribution
€57 963
Organisation
CENTRO DE REFERENCIA INVESTIGACION DESARROLLO E INNOVACION ATM, A.I.E.
Address
CALLE CAMPEZO, 1, 4º, EDIFICIO 7, PARQUE EMPRESARIAL LAS MERCEDES, 28022 Madrid, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€543 750
Organisation
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Address
UNIVERSITAETSPLATZ 2, 38106 BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€391 750
Organisation
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
LINDER HOHE, 51147 KOLN, Germany
EU Contribution
€521 413
Organisation
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Address
UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 150, 44801 BOCHUM, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€457 330
Organisation
C.i.r.a. Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Scpa
Address
VIA MAIORISE, 81043 CAPUA, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€317 320
Organisation
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
Address
CALLE JORDI GIRONA 31, 08034 BARCELONA, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€345 625
Organisation
University Of Bristol
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TH, United Kingdom
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
University Of Strathclyde
Address
Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XQ, United Kingdom
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft propulsion
Technology
Aviation hybrid electric powertrain
Development phase
Research/Invention

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