Ricardo signs multi-year agreement to develop hybrid-electric aerospace technology with Pratt & Whitney Canada


Ricardo has sign a multi-year agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada under which Ricardo’s aerospace engineering team will support Pratt & Whitney Canada in the development of advanced hybrid-electric propulsion technologies for next-generation aircraft.

The project is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s regional hybrid-electric flight demonstration program. The company is targeting a 30% improvement in fuel efficiency and a commensurate reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared to today’s most advanced turboprops for regional aircraft.

The Pratt & Whitney Canada Regional Hybrid Electric Flight Demonstrator is based on a De Havilland Canada Dash 8 experimental aircraft.

Hybrid-electric propulsion technology is a central part of our strategy to continually improve the efficiency of aircraft propulsion systems, in support of the industry-wide goal of achieving net zero emissions. carbon dioxide for aviation by 2050. Our collaboration with Ricardo brings valuable expertise around component design, system integration and testing, which will ultimately allow us to demonstrate the potential of this technology, with ground tests starting later this year and possible flight tests in 2024.

—Jean Thomassin, Executive Director New Products and Services, Pratt & Whitney Canada

The agreement represents a significant investment in Ricardo’s aerospace capabilities and resources as it seeks to explore new opportunities to work with customers in the global aerospace industry, which includes policy, strategy, technology implementation and the council.


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