Improving eVTOL sustainability

Solvay has signed an agreement with French aerospace startup Ascendance Flight Technologies and processing specialist Airborne to develop new materials for its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

This could help improve the sustainability of the industry, the company said.

Plans are to improve the durability and lightweighting of composite material, structural adhesives and polymers to help minimize the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the aircraft.

“As the world continues to address the challenges posed by climate change, the aviation sector faces increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact,” said Gérald Perrin, business manager at Solvay.

“This partnership highlights the composite industry’s need to bring design, materials and processing expertise together at an early stage,” said Airborne CTO Marcus Kremers. “Too often, the initial focus is on prototyping, and only later are the right materials, processes and automation defined which unfortunately impacts the development stage.”