GE Aviation and BAE Systems partner for hybrid electric flight demonstration program

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GE Aviation has selected BAE Systems to design, test and supply power management components for its hybrid electric propulsion system demonstration program. For the project, BAE will supply the battery and wiring used to store electricity and drive the motor/generator built by GE Aviation. The program is part of a research partnership between NASA and GE Aviation to demonstrate the “flight readiness of an integrated hybrid electric propulsion system for single-aisle commercial aircraft.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with BAE Systems on this demonstrator to advance altitude energy storage systems,” said Mohamed Ali, vice president and general manager of engineering, GE Aviation. “GE Aviation is leading the development of hybrid electric technology for commercial aviation through this collaboration with NASA. Energy management is an important part of our research agenda towards a more electric future of aviation with reduced carbon emissions and less reliance on fossil jet fuels.

GE says it will test hybrid-electric configurations on a modified Saab 340B as part of NASA’s EPFD (Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration) project. BAE will also supply controls and cables for the power management system that will be tested on the demonstration aircraft’s CT7-9B turboprop engines. Ground and flight tests are expected to take place in the mid-2020s.

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