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Modular Approach to Hybrid Electric Propulsion Architecture

Objective

The overall objective of MAHEPA is to bridge the gap between the research and product stage of a low emission propulsion technology to meet the environmental goals for aviation towards the year 2050. Two variants of a low emission, high efficiency, serial-hybrid-electric propulsion architecture will be advanced to TRL 6: the first uses a hydrocarbon fuelled internal combustion engine and an electric generator as primary power source, while in the second a hydrogen fuel cell is used to produce power showcasing the flexibility of the architecture. Common to both variants is the power control module, used to implement advanced power management methods to optimize mission, range and emissions of hybrid electric aircraft, and the new power electronic devices namely a highly efficient, airborne qualified electric propulsion motor and next-generation inverter technology. The modular approach is further demonstrated by integration and flight testing of each variant on a different small aircraft to showcase flexibility and scalability of the powertrain. A visionary implementation study towards commercial/transport category aircraft rounds up the project. The core value of MAHEPA is to build-up technological know-how and use flight test data to validate performance, efficiency and emission reduction capabilities of above technologies. This will allow to make conclusions about the suitability of these solutions towards megawatt-scale hydrocarbon driven hybrids and zero-emission hydrogen-powered solutions. For small aircraft this propulsion system development can be the door opener for a commercialized, new, low emission, highly efficient airplane category.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2016-Two-Stages
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Coordinator

PIPISTREL VERTICAL SOLUTIONS DOO PODJETJE ZA NAPREDNE LETALSKE RESITVE
Address
Vipavska Cesta 2
5270 Ajdovscina
Slovenia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 3 180 754,40

Participants (8)

COMPACT DYNAMICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 808 718,75
Address
Moosstrasse 9
82319 Starnberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 409 602,50
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET ULM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 234 610
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 16
89081 Ulm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
H2FLY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 205 022,50
Address
Waldstrasse 5
71549 Auenwald
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 625
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 291 875
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZA V MARIBORU
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 477 475
Address
Slomskov Trg 15
2000 Maribor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PIPISTREL DOO PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO ZRACNIH PLOVIL

Participation ended

Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 105 495,60
Address
Goriska Cesta 50A
5270 Ajdovscina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)