The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is enthusiastically supporting development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technologies, and a new collaboration with the U.S. Air Force is taking that research to new heights. NREL is contributing to the Air Force’s AFWERX division, which leverages research laboratories and expertise throughout the United States to accelerate commercial progress in technologies that could have long-term military applications.
In 2020, AFWERX launched Agility Prime, a project to engage the rising eVTOL industry in the United States and help lift up smaller companies that might benefit from technical validation. NREL has also entered the eVTOL space with pioneering studies that evaluate its techno-economic, environmental, and security aspects. NREL is currently applying that experience to Agility Prime by supporting and validating project concepts, developing analysis tools, and providing AFWERX with subject matter expertise.
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