Scientists Seeking To Develop Battery That Could Power Aircraft Written 31 October 2018

MIT Technology Review reports that a group of scientists is seeking to markedly increase the rate at which batteries discharge electricity. If the scientists are successful, according to MIT Technology Review, “it would enable regional commuter flights that don’t burn fuel or produce direct climate emissions.” The scientists’ first plan is to make a battery that could support a plane with 12 people onboard for 400 miles, and in the subsequent phase, they are seeking to power a plane that can carry 50 people for the same number of miles. The planes would still carry fuel as required by the FAA’s “reserve requirement” for safety purposes. 
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