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Avio Aero launches hybrid electrical expertise demonstration program in Europe

AMBER demonstrator for inexperienced plane

The Clear Aviation Joint Enterprise of the European Fee has awarded roughly €34M million over 4 years to a consortium led by Avio Aero for the AMBER demonstrator in a not too long ago finalized settlement. Plans are to mature, combine and validate key applied sciences essential for a megawatt (MW)-class hybrid-electric propulsion system powered by hydrogen gas cells. The AMBER demonstrator will research integration of hybrid electrical elements — together with a motor/generator, energy converters, and energy transmission methods — with gas cells for rig testing within the mid-2020s utilizing Avio Aero’s superior Catalyst turboprop engine.

“We’re proud to announce the launch of the AMBER hybrid-electric program, which goals to show the advantages of an progressive plane propulsion system coupling a turbine engine with a gas cell-powered electrical motor. As this exhibits, we’re seeking to design, develop, and take a look at breakthrough applied sciences to form the way forward for extra sustainable flight in Europe and we admire the collaboration with Clear Aviation to make this demonstrator potential,” mentioned Giorgio Abrate, vice chairman of engineering for Avio Aero. “The popularity and awarding of our AMBER proposal by Clear Aviation confirms its strategic and technological worth to help European Union ambitions to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions from flight by 2050.”

Hybrid electrical propulsion applied sciences

Hybrid electrical propulsion applied sciences can assist enhance engine efficiency, decreasing gas utilization and emissions. The hybrid electrical applied sciences Avio Aero and its dad or mum firm GE Aerospace are growing are additionally appropriate with various fuels like Sustainable Aviation Gasoline (SAF) and with superior engine architectures equivalent to open fan. The Clear Aviation partnership with business helps speed up innovation of key applied sciences like electrification to fulfill these ambitions.

“For the transformation in the direction of local weather impartial we should do extra with much less power, and aviation is not any exception,” Axel Krein, government director of Clear Aviation. “Clear Aviation’s major ambition is to drive a step-change in plane efficiency by radically boosting effectivity in plane and fleet efficiency. For regional plane, our objective is an enchancment of a minimum of 50% in comparison with a typical flight right this moment. The AMBER undertaking, as certainly one of our 20 daring new initiatives now underway, will play a key function in serving to us to ship this bold goal.”

The Avio Aero-led consortium consists of a complete of 21 members* from Europe

The Avio Aero-led consortium consists of a complete 21 members* from Europe, together with Avio Aero’s European expertise improvement community of universities and R&D facilities. Different GE Aerospace websites in Europe, together with within the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and the UK will contribute to analysis of the engine, propeller, and electrical powertrain methods.

H2FLY, a German-based firm specializing within the improvement of hydrogen-electric energy methods for plane, provides the MW-class gas cell system, together with the corresponding structure, interfaces, and gas cell controls. H2FLY can be accountable for the build-up of the MW gas cell system as a part of the powertrain validation and testing in collaboration with the undertaking companions.

“The event of a megawatt-class hybrid-electric propulsion system for aviation marks an essential step in the direction of the conclusion of emission-free passenger aviation. We sit up for contributing to this improvement and sharing our experience as a worldwide expertise chief within the discipline of hydrogen-electric aviation,” mentioned Prof. Dr. Josef Kallo, co-founder and CEO of H2FLY. One other key accomplice on the AMBER demonstrator is Leonardo, which can present steerage on plane integration within the configuration of the hybrid electrical propulsion system.

Different profitable proposals

AMBER is certainly one of a number of Clear Aviation initiatives related to Avio Aero to be not too long ago awarded funding. The HYDEA undertaking, coordinated by Avio Aero, will develop a hydrogen combustion engine for flight checks in collaboration with Safran Plane Engines, Airbus and extra European corporations, universities and analysis centres. Moreover, by one other undertaking with Clear Aviation known as OFELIA, coordinated by Safran Plane Engines, plans are to show open fan structure in flight checks later this decade in collaboration Airbus. Avio Aero is a key accomplice with Safran on OFELIA.

The event of hydrogen combustion and open fan applied sciences are a part of CFM Worldwide’s** RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program, which was unveiled in 2021 to advance new engine architectures, hybrid electrical and superior compact core applied sciences to realize a minimum of 20% higher gas effectivity and 20% fewer CO2 emissions by the mid-2030s in comparison with probably the most environment friendly engines in service right this moment.

Avio Aero can be a part of the HERA Clear Aviation undertaking, led by Leonardo, with the purpose to outline a regional plane idea fitted to hybrid-electric propulsion. Leonardo can be taking part in a complete of eight Clear Aviation proposals, together with AMBER and HERA, and is a founding member of Clear Aviation, together with Avio Aero.

*Listing of taking part consortium members:

  • Common Electrical Deutschland Holding GmbH
  • GE Aviation Czech sro
  • Common Electrical Firm Polska sp. z oo
  • GE Marmara Expertise Heart MUH. HIZ. LTD.STI.
  • H2FLY GmbH
  • Leonardo SpA
  • Italian Aerospace Analysis Heart (CIRA)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt eV (DLR)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung eV
  • Vyzkumny A Zkusebni Letecky Ustav, AS (ZVLU)
  • Czech Technical College in Prague (CTU)
  • Polytechnic of Bari
  • Turin Polytechnic
  • College of Pisa
  • Łukasiewicz Analysis Community – Institute of Aviation (WIA)
  • AM Testing Ltd
  • Dream Innovation Ltd
  • Ergon Analysis Ltd
  • NTI Engineering Ltd
  • GE Aviation Methods Restricted


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