NXT Airport is a living lab
NXT Airport is a programme and venue where different organisations come together that deal with education, energy, innovation to contribute to making the aviation sector more sustainable.
NXT Airport is a programme of Groningen Airport Eelde in which various projects on aviation innovation, sustainability, knowledge development and green energy are carried out by companies, knowledge institutions and governments. NXT Airport has been embraced by many partners who together devise and implement projects that contribute to knowledge development and more sustainable, innovative aviation.
Built on the following four pillars, the programme is a unique high-quality test site for various projects around these four key themes.
Education: Groningen Airport Eelde as a place to learn
Groningen Airport Eelde lends itself pre-eminently as a testing ground and breeding ground for innovation. The airport is small, secure, flexible, has space and short lines of communication. As a result, there are many opportunities for research and testing. The airport works with many (regional) partners with which various cooperation clusters have emerged, including the NXT Airport Campus. In a short time, this has led, for example, to 120 MBO students from Noorderpoort and Alfa College finding a unique place to learn and work at Groningen Airport Eelde. Students from the University of Groningen, Hanzehogeschool, NHL-Stenden University, Deltion College and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam have already found an interesting, instructive environment there for various assignments, internships and challenges!
Innovation, Energy & Sustainability: aviation of the future
Under the umbrella of NXT Airport, projects in the fields of electric flight, zero-emission ground operation, unmanned flight, XVR, education and green energy are underway. Among other things, the airport is thus developing into an energy hub: using its 22MW GroenLeven solar park as a springboard, the airport is working with partners on electrolysis and energy storage. A leading project is ‘GRQ Hydrogen Valley Airport‘; the realisation of a complete hydrogen ecosystem at the airport. From production of green hydrogen to its use by third parties and the airport itself. With other partners, the airport is working on electric flight; future-proofing the airport infrastructure to handle future battery electric- and hydrogen-powered aircraft, but also to develop future routes that can be operated with this type of airlines; connecting smaller European cores.