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2nd NASA-DOE Joint Workshop on Electric Aviation

2nd NASA-DOE Joint Workshop on Electric Aviation

April 25-26, 2023
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH


The growing interest in widespread decarbonization of the transportation sector has resulted in renewed interest in moving away from fossil fuels in the electric aviation sector. This transition is driven by the promise of lower fuel and maintenance cost, decreased noise and air pollution, and the possibility of unique aircraft designs enabled by distributed propulsion. In December 2019, The Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center brought together experts to explore the state of this nascent industry and to understand the R&D needs for electric aviation energy storage. The meeting, held at Argonne National Lab, resulted in a broad survey of the energy storage needs for different classes of aircraft, the types of chemistries that could come into play, and the gaps in technology that limit widespread electrification.

Of the many RDD&D gaps identified, two important areas that were highlighted were (i) the need to determine the opportunities and challenges with next-generation batteries specifically under electric aviation requirements and (ii) the possibilities for increasing the energy density of batteries beyond a factor of two to satisfy the needs for advanced air mobility (AAM) and 737-class aircrafts. In the follow-on workshop, government agencies, industry, academia, and national labs will assemble to discuss these two topics, the progress in the last few years, and the challenges ahead for electrifying the aviation sector.

Expected outcome is a whitepaper outlining a holistic preceptive of the status of technology - from material supply to integration and opportunities in the near and long term.

This meeting will be held in-person at the NASA Glenn Research Center (no virtual option). When available, official registration link will be emailed to those who reserve their spot using this site.

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