Bergen Energy Lab (BEL)

The Program for Sustainable Aviation!

Because of the current covid-19 situation in Bergen, this half-day seminar will be digital! This is the third in a series of transport related half day seminars considers the topic of a more sustainable future for aviation.


Main content

The program for the webinar has now been published:


Opening and welcome
Nils Ottar Antonsen, Head of Department IMM, HVL


Emission free hydrogen electric propulsion for aircraft applications
Prof Josef Kallo, German Aerospace Center




Environmental and Economic Aspects of Aviation Biofuels
Dr Ulf Neuling, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg/Germany


Electrification of aviation: accelerating the transition
Olav Mosvold Larsen, Avinor




Electrifying aviation: demonstrator programmes and ambitions for the future
Dr Sigurd Øvrebø, Rolls Royce Electric Norway AS


Battery technology for electric aviation
Kristian Eikeland Holmefjord, Corvus Energy


Open discussion with the invited speakers
Dr Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa, University of Bergen


End of seminar


More about the webinar

Because of the current covid-19 situation, the seminar will be held as a webinar in Zoom on Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

In the context of ever-increasing passenger numbers, and the sizable air freight market, long term projections show the demand for air transport will continue to grow. There are huge pressures to decarbonise this market, and the sector is committed to a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050, with further pressures to be more ambitious, and aim towards 'net-zero' in this time frame. Aircraft are highly weight critical, and current battery storage technologies incur huge weight penalties, which would render all but the smallest craft covering short routes unviable. However, hybrid-electric solutions may offer next-step solutions with the added benefit of providing novel design possibilities using e-fan technologies.

  • What realistic climate goals can be realised by the aviation sector?
  • Can this hard-to-abate sector rise to the challenge?
  • Can technology mature quickly enough to meet the climate-change timescales in a very safety conservative industry?

If these questions are of interest, then this year’s transport seminar titled ‘Sustainable aviation?’ may give you some answers.