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Development and validation of hybrid propulsion system components and sub-systems for electrical aircraft

Objective

The HYPSTAIR project concerns the design of components of a serial hybrid propulsion system for small aircraft. A serial hybrid aircraft concept currently represents the best efficiency versus range compromise in the light aviation segment. It can be considered as an electrically powered aircraft, with an on board generator used for extending the range when necessary. Limitations of current electric energy storage technology make an electric-only propulsion system as yet unsuitable for long range flying, therefore an on board ICE generator provides a weight efficient, if somewhat less energy efficient, power generation solution.

The project will involve conceptual design of the hybrid propulsion system components, namely the generator, motor, inverter, batteries and control unit. The components will be sized and designed by considering the performance and energy efficiency of the complete airframe-propulsion system, and will be tested in a laboratory environment. A dedicated human-machine interface will be designed that will allow simple operation of a complex hybrid system. Together with the reliability of electrical motors and the use of dual energy sources, safety of flying as provided by a system built upon these components will be improved.

All components will be designed in a way that they will meet the relevant safety and certification standards. As there currently exist no regulations for aviation hybrid drive systems, defining these in collaboration with the authorities will be an important contribution of the project, paving the way for hybrid and electric technologies to be introduced to the market. These efforts will help create a competitive supply chain for hybrid drive components and reduce the time to market of such innovations.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/electric energy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PIPISTREL DOO PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO ZRACNIH PLOVIL
Address
Goriska Cesta 50A
5270 Ajdovscina
Slovenia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 645 200
Administrative Contact
Igor Perkon (Dr.)

Participants (4)

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 698 000
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Grage (Mr.)
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 465 206,75
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Miro Milanovič (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 792,25
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donato Aquaro (Prof.)
M.B. VISION DI PINUCCI MASSIMILIANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 311 300
Address
Via Armando Diaz 55
56025 Pontedera Pi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Pinucci (Prof.)