The Plan

 

Nuncats is developing an electric aircraft, with an achievable timeline to prove the concept by the end of 2021. This will provide an almost immediate real-world solution to the supply chain to remote areas in developing countries.

The sustainable and environmentally clean solution will be delivered using existing technologies, thereby cutting out valuable development time and bringing proven cost-effective products to market quickly.

The aim is to simply merge two technologies - existing electric power systems and established GA light aircraft. This minimises product development time, significantly reduces costs and the extensive regulatory burdens on new aircraft.


  • Nuncats will take proven airframes with long track records of operating in similar environments and replace petrol engines with a new electric power system. The demonstration will be using a PtoF in compliance with the UK Light Aircraft Association permit system.

  • Power systems will be distributed for operation in remote locations. Charging networks can be created with only small modifications to existing power generation and power storage assets. In a rural African context, solar systems can provide a reliable, environmentally sustainable power supply.

 

Research & Demonstration

 

Using robust simulation techniques, Nuncats has modelled power generation at the locations of existing microgrid power systems in rural Kenya. Such a network would permit an electric light aircraft to serve all sites using current battery technology with only small modifications to existing ground power assets. These existing ground power systems have all been installed at schools and clinics for maximum impact, so are located where supplies are needed.

By the end of 2021 Nuncats plans to demonstrate the practicality and utility of replacing a petrol engine with an electric one in an existing light aircraft, an operating it for the planned purposes. We will do this from our base in Norfolk, with charge units installed around the county, which is home to 139 airfields, and thus ideally located to prove the plan.