Video shows aircraft concept for 2035 that could help industry reach net zero

The new concepts are part of the company’s initiative to get the aviation industry to net-zero by 2050.

Embraer’s new aircraft concepts

Brazilian aerospace company Embraer announced new aircraft concepts this week to reduce carbon emissions. The new concepts would also help the aviation industry meet its net-zero climate goals by 2050, a company report explains.

The news comes a year after the company detailed the study of four new aircraft concepts powered by new technologies and renewable energies amid the backdrop of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which addressed what governments can do to avert the worst effects of climate change.

Embraer’s two new aircraft concepts

One of the two new aircraft concepts is called Energia Hybrid. Originally revealed as a nine-seater in 2021, Embraer is now exploring a 19 and a 30 seater variant. This aircraft includes parallel hybrid-electric propulsion, up to 90 percent CO2 emissions reduction when using SA, a 19 seat and a 30 seat variant, rear-mounted engines, and technology ready for its release in the early 2030s.

The second concept is the Energia H2 Fuel Cell, which was put forward as a 19-seat option in 2021 and is now being explored as a 30-seater option. It boasts hydrogen electric propulsion, zero CO2 emissions, two seat variants (19 and 30), rear-mounted electric engines, and technology ready by 2035.

Nothing is yet set in stone, as both aircraft concepts’ architectures and technologies are still being assessed for technical and commercial viability.