Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has announced a family of concept aircraft which it hopes will help the aviation industry achieve the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Dubbed the Energia family, the four concepts of varying sizes incorporate different propulsion technologies – electric, hydrogen fuel cell, dual fuel gas turbine, and hybrid-electric.
Embraer is evaluating each for its technical and subsequent commercial viability.
The Energia Hybrid (E9-HE) is a nine-seat aircraft with a hybrid-electric powerplant and read mounted engines. It’s expected to reach technological readiness in 2030.
Meanwhile, the fully electric Energia Electric (E9-FE) is also set to carry nine passengers but will feature aft contra-rotating propeller is expected to be ready by 2035.
With 19 seats, the Energia H2 Fuel Cell (E19-H2FC) will be ready the same year and will feature rear-mounted electric engines powered through a hydrogen-electric propulsion system.