Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens partnership aim to design an electric powered aircraft. Taking into account the current improvements in battery technology and carbon emission rates, it seems that this breakthrough is based on very strong reasons.
Electrification is very convenient for the multi-motor systems of aircraft with its flexible structure. This advantage of electrification is utilized in the new generation hybrid aircraft model called “E-Fan X”. The hybrid plane will have a system that modified one of four gas turbine engines by a 2MW electric motor.
Depending on reduction in battery costs, and the development of reliability of the system, it is aimed to replace a second gas turbine with another 2MW engine. The project, which is described as “the greatest electrification effort to date,” is not only important because of its hybrid system, but it is also very important with the goal of replacing all four gas turbines with electric motors in the future.
Today, the power of electric hybrid motors is seen as a compelling technology for the future of aviation. Starting with Cri-Cri, including E-Genius, E-Star, E-Fan 1.2 and E-Aircraft Systems House collaboration with Siemens have opened the way to safe and affordable hybrid commercial aircrafts. E-Fan X from Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens, will also contribute significantly to making the future of electric flight even more predictable.
Looking at all these efforts, the European Commission’s Flightpath 2050 Aviation Vision, which covers the reduction of 75% of carbon dioxide, 90% of Nitric Oxide and 65% of noise, seems to be the biggest motivation for development projects on clean and cheap flight.