The Nordic countries are leading the way towards sustainable air travel and an electric aerospace industry is burgeoning in the Nordic region. Until now, however, the efforts have been individual and introduced in their respective countries.
The Nordic Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) will be a platform where Nordic actors come together to accelerate the introduction of electric aviation in the Nordic countries. It will facilitate collaboration within infrastructure, industry and business modelling.
We believe that the fastest, most affordable and sustainable transportation for regional travel is electric aviation. To achieve that, we need to gather knowledge and people from many different sectors.– Maria Fiskerud, project leader, RISE
The main goal of the network is to reduce the carbon emissions for regional aviation. "We believe that the fastest, most affordable and sustainable transportation for regional travel is electric aviation. To achieve that, we need to gather knowledge and people from many different sectors", explains Maria Fiskerud, project leader at RISE and project manager for the NEA.
- Standardize electric air infrastructure in the Nordic countries
- Develop business models for regional point-to-point connectivity between Nordic countries
- Develop aircraft technology for Nordic weather conditions
- Create a platform for European and global collaboration
Anders Forslund, CEO, Heart Aerospace
In May 2019 Nordic Innovation announced a call for proposals under the Nordic Smart and Mobility and Connectivity program. The call was meant to foster the establishment of Nordic innovation projects, new Nordic partnerships, value chains and/or business models that help to speed up the transition to a sustainable future, where Nordic citizens benefit from innovative mobility and connectivity solutions.
Nordic Innovation received 12 applications in response to the call, four of which were awarded support. The projects represent geographical variation, as well as a range of partners and project activities, in addition to the various transport modes.