oscar viñals' AWWA progress eagle concept visualizes super-eco jet oscar viñals' AWWA progress eagle concept visualizes super-eco jet
feb 27, 2015

oscar viñals' AWWA progress eagle concept visualizes super-eco jet

oscar viñals’ AWWA progress eagle concept visualizes super-eco jet
images courtesy of oscar viñals




following the ‘sky whale‘ concept, OVI’s design visualizes a commercial eco-jet, named the AWWA ‘progress eagle’, that targets future air travel in 2030. it enhances six hydrogen fuel energy engines to powerfully thrust the airplane off the ground, and utilizes a rear wind generation to provide self-generated electrical power, when up in the clouds. as well, it is even more efficient thanks to its air intake diffuser that controls the aerodynamics and reduces its drag, and the hybrid, quantum solar cells, positioned on the roof in a hexagonal pattern. the use of economical and environmentally friendly technologies, ensure there are zero contaminant emissions and that it produces 75% less noise than current planes.

the double arrow wings can be folded up to reduce the plane’s width at airports




boasting three decks, capable of comfortably accommodating 800 passengers, the AWWA ‘progress eagle’ concept has a futuristic design that introduces a new travel grade. named the ‘pilot’s class’, these customers would be situated at the front of the plane, experiencing panoramic views and a host of advanced entertainment technologies. the cockpit has been relocated to the unusual front extrusion of the second deck, and features a special crew-member’s room with beds, coffee office and a work space. the jet itself, is made of a composition of carbon fiber, graphene, ceramic, aluminum, titanium and shape-memory alloy materials. its ultra slim wings which measure 96 meters from tip to tip, has a double arrow geometry and can fold into sections when being taxied or held at airports.

hydrogen fuel energy powers the plane off of the ground


once in the air, self-generating power systems propel the aircraft


hybrid, quantum solar cells are positioned on the roof, in a hexagonal pattern






night view of the eco-jet



looking beyond current airliners and targeting from 2030
video courtesy of OVI’s design
  • When watching the video, hit mute. I warned you! =) nice design

    JP says:
  • Self generating electrical power via wind generator and hybrid quantum solar cells. A lot of popular words there.
    I didn’t see ‘sustainable’ used in the text and it is refreshing to find it absent.
    These projects are invaluable in that they get people thinking and who knows where it will lead.
    I wonder at the use of a wind generator. It would seem that the wind drag generated via the wind generator would argue against its use.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Let’s think about the physics just a little bit here. The 787 dreamliner has a range of about 8000 miles, with about 35,000 gallons of fuel. Or about 4 gallons per mile; that is one of the most efficient airliners at the moment. With a cruising speed of 540 miles per hour, it consumes 4 gallons, and travels one mile in 6.66 seconds. So it burns about 0.6 gallons per second. Given there are 34kwhr of energy per gallon of jet fuel, the dreamliner takes about 75,000,000 watts to run.

    If the wingspan of this plane is 96m, then it has a total surface area of around 500 square meters. If you covered every inch with 100% efficient solar panels, and then flew along with equator where the sun is straight up, that would produce about 20,000 watt, or about 0.02% of the power you need. So there would need to be some hella big batteries because the solar panels are purely decorative.

    Also, the first post was correct in saying that you will lose more energy from drag than you gain in electricity from a wind turbine. The most efficient wind turbine harvests about half the energy in wind, so you would generate 2 watt in drag for every 1 watt of electricity in the best case. And why produce drag when you have solar panels/batteries that can produce electricity without drag?

    The only situation in which the turbine makes sense is when you are slowing down or descending, and you can use the turbine to recharge the batteries while slowing the aircraft.

    Electric jets are probably the way of the future, but as Elon Musk notes we need to think about the relatively simple physics before putting so much effort into anything that is clearly a non-starter no matter how advanced the technology.

    Tom says:
  • An interesting design concept. I’m not going to pick at each of the technologies mentioned except to say that only time will tell if these will be the right choices in 15-25 years. I will agree with Ron Smith that the wind generator would be totally impractical. The *best* you could possibly accomplish would be to recover almost as much energy as the energy you lost from the drag caused by the generator. It’s a perpetual motion machine of the third kind.

    mermaldad says:
  • Surprisingly similar to concepts by Luigi Colani in the 70s and 80s

    hugoeccles says:
  • It seems that you all forgott the Hydrogen fuel tanks.
    Conventional kerosene has a calorific value of about 42,5 MJ/kg.
    Hydrogen has 120 MJ/kg.
    Combined with a modern fuell cell which has (compared to a gasoline engine) an enormous yield (about 60% compared to a jet engine of 40%)
    So if we fill that 6 stacks with Hydrogen we got so much more energy.
    Additonally there is the ultra light design type which also reduce energy consumption. Therefore also the solar panels will have a bigger impact.
    The idea with the wind Turbine is also in my eyes just for recharging the Batteries when you slow down.

    Reagen says:

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