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Siemens, Airbus and Rolls-Royce team up to build a hybrid electric aircraft

06/12/2017
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The companies met at the Royal Aeronautical Society

Image sourced via Siemens.co.uk

It seems that it’s not only the Automotive industry that are moving towards electric and more sustainable modes of transportation. It has been revealed that Siemens, Airbus and Rolls-Royce are joining forces to create an electric aircraft.

Although it is early days and we are still developing and understanding the capabilities of an electric aircraft, the idea is very exciting and could be a reality sooner than you may think.

It is believed that the world’s leading expects in electrical propulsion from the three companies have met at the Royal Aeronautical Society to discuss the possibility of creating more sustainable commercial flights. In 2020 these companies will be testing a large demo version of a hybrid electric passenger plane called E-Fan X, in the hope that it will prove that the combination of conventional and electric engines will work.

The E-Fan X is a British Aerospace 146 with one of its engines replaced by a two-megawatt electric motor.

The E-Fan x, a hybrid electric aircraft

Image sourced via Siemens.co.uk

The effect that air travel currently has on the environment is unquestionable, to think that a person flying a return trip from London to New York produces around the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as someone heating their home for a year. Head of eAircraft at Siemens, Dr. Frank Anton, hopes to:

“hand over electric propulsion to the next generation in order to make aviation continue on this planet.”

The companies met at the Royal Aeronautical Society

Image sourced via Siemens.co.uk

Siemens, Airbus and Rolls-Royce are not the only companies in the race to create a hybrid electric aircraft. Boeing, easyJet and Raytheon are also said to be looking at development and potential possibilities.

If all goes well the opportunities for a smaller environmental impact created by air travel would be immense and opens doors for further development such as redesigned planes and efficient airports.

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