RefMap aims to reduce the environmental impact of air travel for airlines and Unmanned Aerial Systems by creating a digital service that optimises flight trajectories on both micro and macro levels. By using environmental data, such as wind, noise, CO2 and non-CO2 emissions, RefMap's analytics platform can help airlines make more eco-friendly decisions. This will lead to stricter evidence-based Green policy making in the aviation sector and the development of new aviation business models in line with the EU's Green Agenda.
RefMap develops a fuel-based air quality model that accounts for both conventional fossil fuels and sustainable aviation fuels. This model captures primary and secondary pollutants in both polluted and cleaner areas, combining climate impact and aircraft noise modules for trajectory optimisation. REFMAP develops the above solutions to achieve the following objectives:
Development of a fuel-based air quality model for both fossil and sustainable aviation fuels to capture primary and secondary pollutants in both polluted and cleaner areas, combining climate impact and aircraft noise modules for trajectory optimisation.
Flow Patterns Prediction
Deep learning will be applied to predict flow patterns in a non-intrusive way in order to optimise drone trajectories with deep reinforcement learning, prioritising cyber security and decentralised data management.
Reduce air travel’s environmental impact
Improved air traffic management through high-fidelity flight models, optimised commercial flight trajectories, an algorithm for airline trajectories in climatic uncertainty, and minimising drone noise in populated areas.
Minimise the noise impact on communities and wildlife
Development of noise models, conducting psychoacoustic testing, and providing guidelines to reduce the noise impact from drones.
New aviation business models
By taking a holistic approach to aviation business models, showing how green technologies can support green management and by aligning aviation needs with stakeholder needs, RefMap is able to extract the full business value of its green technology.
RefMap use cases fall into two different categories, large scale and small scale. Large scale use cases focus on sustainability and aviation regulations for airlines and airports on an EU level, while small scale use cases focus on urban air mobility and the integration of drones to daily activities.