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Airbus boosts cryogenic technology testing for electric aircraft systems

Airbus is developing a testing platform called Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electric propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, which reduces power loss in conductors. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at… Read more »

Airbus invests in battery tech company Amprius

Airbus has invested in US-based battery technology company Amprius. Amprius will direct the funding to its new batteries based on silicon nanowire anode technology, supporting the development of higher-volume production capacity and higher energy density cells. Airbus aerospace programs such as Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite and Urban Air Mobility stand to benefit from improved… Read more »

Williams Advanced Engineering and Airbus collaborate on high-altitude electric drone

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate ultra-lightweight materials, battery technologies and electrical cell chemistries into Airbus’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) program. Zephyr is a solar-powered unmanned aerial system, or drone, that will fly at more than 65,000 feet – above commercial air traffic – for… Read more »

Airbus and Siemens collaborate on hybrid electric propulsion systems for aircraft

Airbus Group and Siemens have launched a joint project to explore the electrification of aviation. The goal is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of various hybrid/electric aircraft propulsion systems by 2020. The two giant companies plan to develop prototypes for propulsion systems with power classes ranging from a few hundred kilowatts up to 10 or… Read more »

Sion Power to provide lithium-sulfur batteries for Airbus high-altitude aircraft

Sion Power Corporation has signed a three-year agreement to supply its proprietary lithium-sulfur batteries for use in Airbus Defence and Space’s Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) aircraft. The HAPS is an aircraft that stays aloft for long periods of time, allowing it to perform many of the functions of a satellite, but more flexibly and… Read more »

Airbus to produce electric aircraft, envisions hybrid regional airliner

The sky’s the limit for electrified transportation. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has a vision of a hybrid 80-90-seat regional airliner that would have high-density energy storage in the wings, and a kerosene or biofuel generator to quickly recharge the batteries on the ground or in flight. An electric-powered turboprop airliner could be operated at a… Read more »

Airbus demonstrates A320 with electric taxiing system

  At the recent Paris Air Show, European jetmaker Airbus demonstrated an A320 airliner equipped with electric motors for taxiing, a technology that the company said is “showing the way for the increasingly electric future of aviation.” The Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS) was developed by EGTS International, a joint venture of Safran and Honeywell…. Read more »

Is aviation the best application yet for hydrogen fuel cells?

Q&A with ZeroAvia CEO Passenger cars are well on their way to going electric, and the path to a big market share for heavy-duty EVs such as buses and delivery trucks is becoming clearer. However, aviation remains a new frontier for zero emissions. There are several new powertrain options, and none has yet proven itself… Read more »

Aircraft refueling vehicle goes electric

Passenger jets may be major consumers of fossil fuels, but the vehicles that refuel them need not be. Engineering firm Gaussin and oil giant Total, which supplies jet fuel to 280 airlines at 300 airports around the world, are jointly developing a fully electric aircraft refueller transporter (ART). The ART Full Elec (which could use… Read more »

Siemens sells electric aircraft propulsion business to Rolls-Royce

Siemens is set to sell its eAircraft unit to Rolls-Royce – the companies expect the move to take place in late 2019. Siemens eAircraft develops electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. At locations in Munich and Erlangen in Germany as well as Budapest, Hungary, it cooperates with partners such as Airbus to… Read more »