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Collins Aerospace will coordinate the development of new high-voltage electric power distribution technologies under the European Union's Clean Aviation HECATE project. For HECATE, which stands for Hybrid-ElectriC regional Aircraft distribution TEchnologies, Collins will lead the project's steering committee, while Safran will serve as technical coordinator. The two companies will work with a consortium of 37 European aerospace industry partners across 10 countries, including Thales, Diehl Aerospace, Airbus Defence and Space, Leonardo and multiple universities. The HECATE consortium is set to receive roughly €34 million ($36.76 million) in funding from Clean Aviation and €6 million ($6.49 million) from UK Research and Innovation.
As the aviation industry works to achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the development of hybrid-electric aircraft is seen as one of the key ingredients to success. Yet in order to support hybrid-electric propulsion systems, new high-voltage distribution technologies will be required as electric power levels increase from hundreds of kilowatts in today's aircraft, to megawatt levels in the aircraft of the future. The HECATE consortium will work to address this challenge for regional platforms, with a specific goal of demonstrating a >500 kW hybrid-electric architecture in ground tests at TRL5 by 2025.
“With decades of experience supplying electric power systems for the world's most advanced aircraft, Collins is bringing that expertise to bear in the development of multiple next-gen electric technologies that are integral to sustainable flight,” said Mauro Atalla, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology for Collins. “Key among them are high-voltage distribution systems—a critical enabler for hybrid-electric propulsion. In collaboration with the HECATE consortium, we will develop new high-voltage technologies to help pave the way for future hybrid-electric platforms and reduced carbon emissions.”
Collins' Applied Research and Technology (ART) organization in Cork, Ireland, will lead the company's coordination of HECATE, while its facilities in Solihull, UK, and Nördlingen, Germany, will develop power conversion and secondary distribution technologies for the project. Safran will supply primary distribution and cabling. Thales and Diehl Aerospace will contribute specialized solutions for power electronics, system control and energy management. Airbus Defence and Space and Leonardo will provide the airframer perspective, and support requirements and validation activities.
“We're proud to be selected as technical coordinator and supply primary distribution and cabling for the HECATE consortium. This project is in line with our strategic aims: it features breakthrough high-voltage electrical technologies, with a low carbon footprint. This agreement bolsters our position as a key player in innovative, competitive electrical systems,” says Bruno Bellanger, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Power Division, Safran Electrical & Power.
Pulling together the best talent and capabilities of the private and public sectors, the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking is the European Union's leading research and innovation programme for transforming aviation towards a sustainable and climate neutral future. Projects that involve UK sites are supported by funding from UK Research and Innovation, working in concert with Clean Aviation.
“The delivery of technological innovations and disruptive aircraft concepts will be the linchpin to achieving climate-neutral aviation,” said Axel Krein, Executive Director of Clean Aviation. “The launch of the HECATE project marks the start of a collaborative sprint towards higher efficiency and lower emissions for European aviation in line with the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and European Green Deal.”
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|Thales Angenieux S.A.S||Night Vision Equipment|
|Diehl Aerospace GmbH||Cabin Lighting, Engine Controls, Onboard Computers, Emergency Lighting Systems, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Position/Displacement Detectors, Airborne Electrical Power Supplies, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Automatic Flight Control Systems, LCD Displays, Electronic Control Equipment, Sensors/Transducers, Non-Electronic Control Equipment, Aircraft Exterior Lighting Systems, Aircraft Interior Lighting Systems, Onboard Airport Navigation Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Control Panels, Flap/Slat Mechanisms, Landing Gear Controls, Fuel Control Systems, Inverters, Cabin Heaters, Power Conversion Equipment, Power Distribution Equipment, Passenger Service Units (PSUs), Cabin Management Systems|
|Airbus Defence & Space HQ||Airframer|
|Leonardo S.p.A.||Fuselage Sections, Composite Structures|
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