Electric Airplanes

Written by Erin Rush, ESLLC 2016-2017

Climate change is becoming a huge issue in today’s world. There are many different things that contribute to climate change. Airplanes, for one, contribute to climate change in a big way. They omit a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere, four to nine percent in fact. But there could be a way to help bring that percentage down dramatically: batteries. Scientists have been working on a way to use batteries in airplanes to make electric airplanes so they don’t contribute to climate change.

There are a couple different ways that scientist thing they could make airplanes electric. “Suppose an aircraft’s skin or floor, for example, could serve double-duty by storing and dispensing electrical energy without adding substantially to the weight of the materials currently used” (NASA). Doing this would bring us closer to completing electric flight. However, even though there are different ways of using the batteries in airplanes, there are difficulties in doing so. Batteries are big. They would make the planes bigger making it so more energy would be used in the end. Batteries are also very heavy. They would, again, make it so more energy would be used than less. Scientist are working hard to get around these obstacles.

There are 35 NASA scientists on the case. They are working towards eliminating a big part of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere through electric flight. They have not found a solution yet, however, they continue to make progress hopeful that a solution will arise soon. NASA knows how big of a problem climate change is, and they are doing breakthrough work to try and lower it. They are working hard for a brighter future for the generations to come.


http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/climate-change/science/climate-change-basics/air-travel-and-climate-change/

https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2482/electric-airplanes-batteries-included/

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