VerdeGo Aero recently accepted delivery of concentrated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Avfuel Technology to qualify the fuel for use in the VerdeGo’s VH-3-185 hybrid electric powerplant.
The use of Avfuel’s concentrated SAF to power electric motors enables hybrid-electric aircraft to quickly achieve a 70 – 80% lifecycle reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional propulsion. According to VerdeGo, this configuration creates more efficient designs while also delivering significant increases in mission capabilities—the range of these aircraft can be increased six to 10 times in comparison to battery power.
VerdeGo plans to provide leading electric aircraft manufacturers with a hybrid electric power solution that delivers high performance, low direct operating costs and low technology risk to bridge the gap between current technological maturity while also leveraging recent advances in battery technology. With hybrid power from VerdeGo Aero and SAF, VerdeGo claims that a 70-80% carbon reduction is feasible for all the most capable electric aircraft with the most demanding missions.
Research is also underway on SAF options that have the potential to enable VerdeGo’s hybrid systems to operate on a carbon neutral basis – which would increase the pool of aircraft that can benefit from the combination of SAF and innovative propulsion systems.
Why it’s important: VerdeGo’s testing of SAF applicability to their VH-3-185 hybrid-electric powerplant is another step on their path toward a sustainable and efficient propulsion offering that takes advantage of current technological maturity within the aerospace industry. While other companies are attempting to rollout completely new technologies, VerdeGo is optimizing and hybridizing current offerable technologies, a combination of which (propulsion, and SAF) will substantially decrease emissions and increase efficiency for aerial mobility and short-haul regional aircraft of the future.