The Kvarken region has been granted EU funding for a two-year development project for electric aviation – FAIR (Finding innovations to Accelerate Implementation of electric Regional aviation). Tyréns has been commissioned to carry out a feasibility study on regional electric aviation and has now been given the Kvarken Council's confidence to lead the development project.
Andreas Forsgren and Isak Brändström, both infrastructure strategists at Tyréns in Umeå, are leading the Kvarken region's project.
“It feels great that we have been chosen to be involved in creating a unique idea. We have a strong focus on the contribution of electric aviation to the development of society and to spread knowledge to the business community. A lot will happen in the area and it will be great fun to be part of that development," says Andreas Forsgren.
FAIR engages a wide range of actors and responds to the Kvarken region's challenges in terms of long distances and inadequate communications. The project also meets the global need to reduce our climate and environmental impact by ensuring that electric aviation does not generate operational CO2 emissions. Economically, electric aviation reduces fuel costs by an estimated 75-80%.
“The overall goal of the project is to develop a method that describes how the region should prepare for the early commercialization of electric aircraft. An important part of the task is also to build networks to create synergies with other electric aviation projects and make stakeholders aware of the projects’ usefulness to society,” says Isak Brändström.
The project will run until June 2022 and has a budget of EUR 1 087 500, of which the EU finances 60% through the Interreg Botnia-Atlantica programme.
Initially, the project will provide an increase in knowledge of the regional impact of electric aviation and at the next stage airports will begin to prepare for electric aviation. As knowledge increases, the project will finally lead to new innovative products, services and business models for electric aviation in the private and public sectors.
“I am very pleased with Tyrén's support and positive attitude towards innovative and community-developing ideas like this. The fact that there has been so much interest in both the Kvarken Council and significant public actors in Sweden and Finland has enabled us to realise the project. My own guess is that I hope to see electric aircraft operating in the Kvarken region before 2030," says Andreas Forsgren.
About The Kvarken Council
The Kvarken Council is a Nordic trans-border regional collaboration forum for Västerbotten and Örnsköldsvik in Sweden and the three Ostrobothnian provinces in Finland that together form the Kvarken region. The Kvarken Council acts as a coordinating beneficiary and project owner of FAIR. Other beneficiaries are Biofuel Region, Umeå University, University of Vaasa, Region Västerbotten and RISE, all of which work actively in FAIR.
Financiers in FAIR
Interreg Botnia Atlantica, Ostrobothnia Association, Region Västerbotten, FAB Kronoby Flyghangar, INTO Seinäjoki, Swedavia, Umeå Airport, Skellefteå Airport AB, Örnsköldsvik Airport AB, Vaasa City, Vaasa Region Development Company, VASEK, Umeå Municipality, Storumans Airport AB, Lycksele Airport AB, MidtSkandia, Skellefteå Kraft AB, Chamber of Commerce Ostrobothnia, Chamber of Commerce Västerbotten, South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, Vaasa Electric AB.
Partners in FAIR
Air Traffic Network, BSR Access, ELISE, Finavia, Disability Council in Umeå, Future Cleantech Solutions, Green Flyway, Green Airport, Heart Aerospace, Helsinki Electric Aviation Association OY, Jon Air, Civil Aviation Authority, NEA – Nordic Network for Electric Aviation, Transport companies, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå Kommunföretag AB, 2030 Secretariat.