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PULSAR side workshop on future aviation energy scenarios

On the occasion of the 4th ECATS International Conference on "Making aviation environmentally sustainable", organised by ECATS International Association and the Delft University of Technology, PULSAR project held a side workshop on future aviation energy scenarios. PULSAR also participated in the ECATS exhibition, with two posters presenting its methodology. The conference took place in Delft, the Netherlands from the 24th until the 26th of October 2023, at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft.

PULSAR side workshop

Under the coordination of Paul Madden, Engine Emissions Expert at Rolls-Royce UK (RRUK), the PULSAR workshop gathered around 20 aviation energy experts. Within PULSAR, RRUK brings its expertise on scenarios, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and disruptive technologies and contributes to aviation research and innovation roadmap set-up. PULSAR project is expected to produce (i) scenarios for future aviation growth embedding (ii) technology roadmaps on noise and emissions, and (iii) future energy sources for aviation. Therefore, the workshop aimed to scope out work on a PULSAR aviation energy roadmap, focusing on SAF, hydrogen, and other power sources, for example, for smaller aircraft. It served as a starting point to developing aviation energy roadmaps linking research with aviation environmental objectives and producing some scenarios out to 2050 and beyond, with a special focus on Europe.




Paul Madden

Destination 2050 Fuels Part of Roadmap

Elizabeth van der Sman

UK Sustainable Aviation Roadmap Fuels Part

Roslyn Shennan

LTAG Roadmap Fuels Part

Paul Madden

Discussions on the way forward on PULSAR Roadmap

Discussion on Potentially Developing a European Expert Community on SAF and Aviation Energy Sources

During the workshop, experts had the chance to revisit some existing work on aviation energy roadmaps, such as (a) NLR work on Destination 2050, (b) UK work on Sustainable aviation as part of a UK aviation CO2 roadmap, and (c) the work of ICAO as part of their Long-Term Aspirational Goal report. 

Several discussion points were addressed during the workshop, such as the need to aim for life cycle CO2 emissions reductions and the need to consider mandates. It was agreed to organise a follow-up discussion to capture important points for future work leading to shaping a PULSAR aviation energy roadmap.

PULSAR posters at the exhibition

The exhibition gave the opportunity to scientists and researchers worldwide to present state-of-the-art research, review recent achievements, and at the same time provide a strategic perspective on future directions in environmentally sustainable aviation. PULSAR presented two posters at the exhibition, elaborating on its methodology:


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