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Hybrid Electric Aircraft Technologies

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology actively supports the European aeronautic industry by providing technological solutions for the advancement of “More Electric Aircraft” and “Hybrid Electric Aircraft.”

As air travel continues to experience rapid growth, with one billion passengers flying within, into, or out of Europe in 2018, along with 11 million scheduled flights, we recognize the urgent need to address the environmental and sustainability challenges associated with this trend.

Our efforts encompass two key areas: the development of a electrothermal Ice Protection System for aircraft and rotorcraft, and the advancement of solid-state batteries for hybrid propulsion in regional and short to medium-range electric airliners.

In our pursuit of decarbonization, we specialize in delivering technological solutions for energy storage, electric propulsion, and electrical auxiliaries, lending our support to the European aeronautics industry. One significant area of focus is achieving energy efficiency through the implementation of innovative ice protection systems for aircraft. Within this domain, we offer comprehensive services ranging from simulating ice formation under certification-relevant environmental conditions to designing and validating performance.

Additionally, we dedicate our research efforts to the development of solid-state batteries specifically tailored for the propulsion of hybrid electric aircraft. Our services encompass modeling large-scale distributed battery systems, including the aircraft grid, as well as further advancing high-power and high-energy density battery cells, modules, and packs. These advancements are designed to handle high discharge rates while adhering to the stringent safety requirements of the aeronautics industry.

Through our commitment to technological innovation and sustainability, we aim to contribute to the transformation of the European aeronautic industry, paving the way for a greener and more efficient future in aviation.