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IMOTHEP

European aviation research and industry initiative on Hybrid Electric Propulsion

IMOTHEP (“Investigation and Maturation of Technologies for Hybrid Electric Propulsion”) will perform an in-depth investigation of electric technologies for hybrid electric aircraft in close connexion with advanced aircraft configurations design and innovative propulsion architectures taking advantages of synergies between propulsion and airframe.

Analysing potential technologies and technical issues at the relevant scale is fundamental for hybrid electric propulsion and addressing the challenge of climate change requires exploring the technology for commercial aircraft that represents the bulk of current airlines' fleets and aviation’s emissions. This is the central focus of IMOTHEP.

AIT Center for Low-Emission Transport will perform research on emerging all-solid-state battery technology suitable for future aircraft propulsion and power systems while AIT Center for Energy is in charge of power electronics topologies and pre-design.

The ultimate goal of the project is to achieve a key step in assessing the potential of hybrid electric propulsion for reducing the emissions of commercial aviation and eventually to build the technology roadmap for its development.

Under the leadership of ONERA, the French aerospace research lab, a consortium of thirty-three key aviation industry and research stakeholders is engaging in an ambitious research project on hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aviation, a technology that opens a new design space for aircraft and may provide a revolutionary step in improving their efficiency.

Kick-off-Meeting in Brussels on 20 January 2020

The IMOTHEP consortium gathers the major European aircraft manufacturers (Airbus and Leonardo), leading engines manufacturers (Safran, GE Avio, MTU, ITP, and GKN), European aeronautic research organisations from EREA (ONERA, CIRA, DLR, AIT, ILOT, INCAS and NLR), higher education organisations (Université de Lorraine, ISAE/Sup'Aéro, Strathclyde University, TU Braunschweig, Politecnico di Bari, Chalmers University, and University of Nottingham), a think tank (Bauhaus Luftfahrt), an intergovernmental organisation (Eurocontrol), and a consulting company in innovation management (L’Up). IMOTHEP receives support also from EASA as third party.

In addition, IMOTHEP develops international cooperation with Russia, with the involvement of five leading research organisations (CIAM, GosNIIAS, MAI, NRC, TsAGI), as well as with Canada (NRC-CNRC).

Facts

  • IMOTHEP - Investigation and Maturation Of Technologies for Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  • Programme: Horizon 2020, LC-MG-1-7-2019
  • Funding agency: European Commission
  • Duration of project: 01/2020 - 12/2023
  • Project coordination: OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES, http://www.onera.fr/

 

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