The new fully electric aircraft pushback tractor, manufactured by Panus Assembly and powered by a Danfoss Editron drivetrain, is currently being trialed at a major international airport in Thailand.
The project is part of the ongoing trend to electrify the aviation industry, including ground service equipment.
A Polutionas Sector
Direct emissions from the aviation industry account for more than 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
If the sector was a country, it would rank in the world’s top 10 emitters. Global annual aviation emissions are already approximately 70 percent higher than they were in 2005.
Furthermore, the International Civil Aviation Organisation predicts that, without the introduction of additional measures and new technologies, they could grow by greater than 300 percent by 2050.
Teaming up with Panus Assembly
Panus Assembly is a leading supplier of specialised cargo carriers, systems, services and logistics solutions.
The New Pushback Tractor
As well as not releasing any emissions, the company’s electric aircraft pushback tractor has been ergonomically designed with a fully composite cabin to provide operators with 360-degree visibility.
Other features include robust business management and control systems to ensure safe operation, plus intelligent on-board diagnostics so maintenance needs can be handled remotely.
The Editron’s System
Danfoss Editron’s drivetrain system provides continuous power of 100kW, with a maximum power of 200kW and speed of 4000 rpm.
The Editron system has been designed to ensure maximum efficiencies, while the software-based approach allows for greater intelligent management of power distribution, delivering superior operational performance.
Testing the Prototype
A prototype of the fully-electric aircraft pushback tractor is currently undergoing testing.
It is anticipated that 60 of the machines entering operation will save 6600 tons of CO2 annually compared to current diesel alternatives.
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