Amid all the hot air around Boris Johnson something even more important swirling above our heads. How Battery powered planes save air travel.
As with most things technological it’s the Japanese who have been leading the way.
The Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), in conjunction with technology investment firm SoftBank, has developed a lithium-air battery.
With an energy density of over 500Wh/kg.
And this battery can be charged and discharged at room temperature.
And why this is important is that that is the figure viewed as an important benchmark.
For both long-haul and high-capacity flights.
There are a lot of naysayers and sneering eco-cynics out there.
And you suspect don’t even want the air industry to try to go green.
Take that Greta
Because Greetin’ Greta and her flygskam brigade would then have to admit something.
That airplanes are a force for good and not some sky monsters.
Until now, electric planes have been small and incapable of carrying large numbers of passengers long haul.
They have instead been focusing on short-distance, private aircraft.
And there’s a further upside of electric planes.
Because it would not only reduce pollution from fuel-burning engines.
But it also eliminate noise pollution that forces airports to be located in areas with low population densities.
A United front
Now with every new innovation it is best listening to those in the know about what they think and I’m thinking one of my favourite airlines.
So over to Captain Ross ‘Rusty’ Aimer, CEO of Aero Consulting Experts and retired United Airlines Captain.
He said: ‘Battery technology or the lack of, has been the greatest deterrent against electric flight.
‘If this new concept is proven to be practical, we are on the way to electric air travel!’
Yes we agree and look forward to the day. Battery powered planes save travel.