More sustainable air travel

Each person experiences different emotions when traveling by plane. It is important to learn that all the emotions of that moment are useful, from fear to joy. They are the ones that allow us to adapt, in particular, when we manage to identify them. Without a doubt, traveling by plane is exciting, regardless of whether the trip is long or very short. In addition, it is the first step to a new adventure in life.

On the other hand, it is also important to be aware of the carbon footprint of air travel, which is not that large compared to that left by the agriculture and electricity production sectors, but which you have to decrease.

One of the ways travelers could help reduce that footprint is by traveling less, for example, just once a year. On the other hand, emerging technologies are being developed that, when applied, could turn aviation into a green business sector.

Aviation emits aerosols, nitrogen oxides, water vapor and CO 2 . These pollutants are part of the causes that cause global warming. So the effects of aviation on the issue of warming could be greater than its carbon footprint.

Emerging technologies that could improve the situation

Millions of people around the world use different types of technological devices every day to communicate, manage their money, get training, play casino games, work and a number of other activities.

Today, that same search and technological innovation is focused on aviation. Commercial airplanes use fuel produced from kerosene. However, some companies are already researching and experimenting with new less polluting fuel options, that is, biofuels.

Andrew Murphy, the Director of Aviation of a non-governmental organization with origins in Europe (Transport and Environment), has commented that efforts must continue to decarbonise the sector and that it will surely be possible in the future when more innovative technologies are put into place. into practice permanently and replace the old ones.

The most promising research areas would be non-polluting fuels such as synthetics and electric fuels made with renewable electricity.

Has the era of electric aircraft arrived?

Currently, there are numerous projects underway to create and manufacture electric aircraft. Naturally, the first flights with this technology will be made as short-distance trips.

In fact, in Norway they already have a very concrete plan. They plan to put electric planes into circulation that communicate their large number of islands by 2040. This will allow the country to be really more communicated and that there are no neglected areas.

At the moment, electric planes to transport many passengers over long distances will not be seen so soon. However, the Alice aircraft (fully electric and developed by an Israeli company) has already undergone several tests.

Likewise, tests are being carried out with mixed fuels which, if successful, could be of great collaboration for caring for the environment, while much more risky options are being tested.

One of the great allies in these research and testing processes is Artificial Intelligence, which collaborates in the development of less polluting fuels.

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