New solar charging stations for electric planes, maintenance-free

The old Buckenham airfield currently uses a five kilowatt single phase charger.

On the British airfield of Old Buckenham, an electric plane is now charged with solar energy.

After all, electric planes are a reliable, low-maintenance alternative to those that run on fossil fuels.

The Nuncats company has set itself the goal of providing electric planes to some of the most remote communities in the world.

That’s why the UK’s first electric aircraft charging station, made by Renenergy, has been installed at the airfield in the small town of East Anglian.

To do this, 33 Q Cells Q Peak Duo L-G8 modules were installed in the hangar. According to the manufacturer, the efficiency of the modules can reach 20.3%.

No maintenance and no fossil fuels

The electric Sky Jeep is thus powered by solar energy. It has completed a series of solar-powered flights over the East Anglia region, demonstrating how a sustainably powered aircraft can make a difference in the most remote parts of the world.

But so far, refueling options are slim. In addition, conventional fuel is expensive, polluting and unsustainable.

Just as solar microgrids have begun to change the fundamentals of power supply in off-grid regions of the world, Nuncats believes solar-powered airports can play a similar role.

In the developed world, the benefits of electric aircraft consist mainly of reduced CO2 emissions and noise.

For the rest of the world, a major untapped advantage is that electric planes offer a reliable, low-maintenance alternative that is not dependent on fossil fuel supply chains.

Tim Bridge, co-founder of Nuncats.

Five kilowatt charger.

The prototype aircraft currently in charge has a 30 kilowatt-hour battery, enough for a 30-minute flight.

This is the bare minimum for a rural operation. The old Buckenham airfield currently uses a five kilowatt single phase charger.

But there are several options for faster charging with solar power. The charging infrastructure can be adapted to each use case.

Going through www.nuncats.org

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