Electrified airports and airplanes

Electrified airports and airplanes

Vattenfall has a vision to create opportunities to live a fossil-free life within a generation and a big factor in succeeding in this is to electrify the transport sector. By developing a total solution for what an electrified airport looks like, a template is created that can be used at other airports of what a total electrified airport would look like.

Aviation is one of the key industries in contributing to the goal of Sweden becoming one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare states. The collaboration between LFV, Vattenfall and Örnsköldsvik municipality enables the use of electrified solutions to reach fossil freedom. This requires both technical innovation as well as business innovation.

Vattenfall has electrified industries and modernized our way of living through innovation and collaboration for over a 100 years, and has now partnered up with LFV to 2030 find solutions to help developing electrified airports.

LFV, together with Örnsköldsvik municipality and among others operates a test arena at Örnsköldsvik Airport aimed to the functions at airports through digitalization and automation. Part of this is to demonstrate small and large electric flights in order to create and develop a number of different social functions. To be able to adjust and follow the development of new technologies the airports need to adapt to new technologies. The project aims to make an airport and its vehicles fully electric, and Vattenfall have solutions that is ready to be implemented. This means electrification of all types of transport within the airport area such as; buses, cars, planes, tugs, tractors and other conventional ground transport vehicles.

By creating the infrastructure and dimensioning it for each individual purpose we’ll create a network of points where each individual vessel will be able to charge at its specific needs. To make the airport more independent, we will install equipment to generate electricity together with an energy storage to create flexibility and also redundancy.

By developing a total solution for what an electrified airport looks like, a template is created that can be used at other airports.

LFV is also currently developing solutions for existing areas to evaluate from an environmental perspective. Some significant contribution are the establishment of FRA (free route air-space, straight flight-routes), the development of a new analysis tool for processing TopSky-data in order to optimize traffic flows and the commitment in the airspace project SAARP (Stockholm Arlanda Airspace Redesign Project), testing airspace in simulations with evaluation from an environmental perspective.






Zandra Salomonsson
Director Sales Pipeline and Business Enablement, Vattenfall Network Solutions på Vattenfall

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.