AerosTimin Musallam - United States
The idea behind Aeros is to provide a sustainable and convenient regional city to city airship travel.
Aeros eliminates the need for large investments into road infrastructures. Especially useful for regions where a robust transportation infrastructure does not exist. Likewise, roads reduce the costs associated with developing areas and accessing resources, so by eliminating them makes it cost prohibited to continue to follow current unsustainable practices. The only infrastructure needed to operate the Aeros system is a hanger/station that can connect to existing public transit within the city, which has a much smaller of environmental footprint then a highway system.
Materials to operations were considered when designing with sustainability in mind. Fabric solar cells generate electricity to power 12 propellers per "car". A bio-diesel generator provides backup power. Running off of solar power provides 0 CO2 emissions. The super structure is a microfibrillar cellulose (MFC) composite frame wrapped in a fabric with embedded recycled plastics. Microfibrillation recombines the cellulose fibers in plants and creates a new structure of tiny interconnected microfibrils. The end result is a material which provides the strength of aluminium alloys at half the weight.
Aeros combines features of traditional airships and airplanes in a unique design. The internal helium gas bags only provides partial lifting power. The airship's airfoil shape and wings generates lift as it moves forward.