ILA Future Lab: The future of aviation is green and climate neutral

Messe Berlin GmbH

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BMWK and the aviation industry offer insight into the technological future of aviation

Climate-Neutral by 2050 – Through the “Destination 2050” roadmap, the European aviation industry has committed to the goal of becoming climate-neutral by mid-century. ILA Berlin will show from June 22-26 at the Exhibition Center at BER Airport how this can be achieved. The leading trade fair for sustainability, new technologies and innovation is a meeting place and exchange platform for international industry, politics, armed forces and science. Forward-looking technologies and key areas of research in the aviation industry will be addressed in a total of five live phases. Emphasis is placed on sustainable aviation fuels, aircraft and their engines as well as the digitization of industry.

Climate-Neutral Destination Future – Wide Range of Topics at ILA STAGE FUTURE LAB

The heart of ILA STAGE is the Laboratory of the Future, jointly organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) and the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry (BDLI). Sustainability and the path to climate-neutral aviation by 2050 are core themes of ILA, and the FutureLab brings them straight to the exhibition halls: in the ILA FutureLab stage, the focus is on today’s pioneers and innovations, enabling the green environment of the future of aviation experienced in the future. How do we achieve the goal of climate neutrality during the next three decades? What innovations, disruptions, and accompanying measures are required to make aviation fit for a climate-neutral future?

The focus here is on new engines with hydrogen, the use of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuels) and improvements in production through lightweight construction, new materials and aerodynamics that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, experts will discuss the role of startups in the path of sustainable air travel and the use of digital solutions in the lifecycle of aircraft. Another focal point on the stage is electric aviation and its importance to the urban mobility of tomorrow.

Top-class local and international speakers are expected, including Rosalindi van der Vys, Director of Clean Planet at the European Union Commission, Dr. Anna Christmann MDB, Federal Government Coordinator for German Aerospace, as well as industry representatives such as Lars Wagner, COO of MTU Aero Engines and Grazia Vittadini, CTO of Rolls-Royce.

ILA Future Lab Showcases Tomorrow’s Aviation Industry

At ILA Berlin, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) is designing the exhibition area at the ILA Future Lab. Clear exhibits offer central funding programs for the Federal Ministry such as the Aeronautical Research Program (LuFo Klima), the National Space Program and the German Aerospace Center Small Launch Competition (DLR).

Zero-emissions aviation looms

At the ILA Future Lab, visitors get an insight into the innovative areas of industry. One of the highlights of the exhibition in the field of aviation is a four-seater model aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This aircraft is a key technology platform for the development and demonstration of carbon dioxide-free propulsion systems in flight, and recently set a new altitude record for hydrogen-electric aircraft at an altitude of more than 7,230 feet. The exhibition demonstrates how hydrogen aircraft can be used on short-distance routes in the future. In addition, the public can see, for example with a full-size door viewer, how lightweight construction, digitization, aerodynamics and new materials can reduce CO2 emissions from aircraft by up to 50 percent. Another feature is how the aircraft’s power cables can also be used to transmit data. The “Power Line Communication” concept promises fewer cables and therefore less aircraft weight. The large number of different exhibits at the ILA Future Lab exhibit shows that, through joint research, emission-free flying by 2050 is essentially possible.

Climate protection from space

BMWK also offers current funding programs in space travel at the ILA Future Lab. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) will present the competition for small bombers, valued at 25 million euros. Startups developing small rockets, or so-called small launchers, are supported here. The goal is to support the development of commercial and cost-effective access to space as well as long-term business models for small launchers.

Another feature is the EnMAP satellite mission. The hyperspectral satellite has been orbiting the Earth since the beginning of April 2022 and can take measurements in different bands of visible and infrared light. This science provides detailed information on the state of water bodies, forests or glaciers, which can then be used to better understand environmental changes around the world and accompany climate protection measures.

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