The need to reduce carbon emissions in all aspects of life is well documented. This is no different within the FGP group and we have a strategic road map laid out to target reduction over the coming years.
Air travel accounts for around 2.4% of global CO2 emissions and the aerospace industry is constantly developing new technologies to reduce this figure with a target of zero emission aviation in the future.
One of our latest projects is an exciting step towards decarbonizing air travel through the use electric propulsion. We are pleased to be working closely with our customer Collins Aerospace to develop and produce a key part of the electric motor used on the Airlander 10 aircraft.
The Airlander 10 will use Collins’ 500 kilowatt electric motor to transport up to 100 passengers at speeds of up to 80 mph (130 km/h). The plan is to implement the fully electric version, with four motors, producing zero emissions by 2030.
The housing itself is half a meter in diameter and required some complex machining processes to be implemented to achieve the required results, both right first time and to the build delivery target. All processes were carried out within group which included the machining, heat treatment, surface treatments and assembly.
We are honoured to have been selected as the supplier of choice for this project and look forward to working closely with our customer in the future to achieve success.