Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens Team up for Electric Future

Partnership launches E-Fan X hybrid-electric flight demonstrator

London,  November 28,  2017: Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens have formed a partnership which aims at developing a near-term flight demonstrator which will be a significant step forward in hybrid-electric propulsion for commercial aircraft.
The three companies together announced the groundbreaking collaboration, bringing together some of the world’s foremost experts in electrical and propulsion technologies, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.  
The E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator is anticipated to fly in 2020 following a comprehensive ground test campaign, provisionally on a BAe 146 flying testbed, with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor. Provisions will be made to replace a second gas turbine with an electric motor once system maturity has been proven. 
“The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future. The lessons we learned from a long history of electric flight demonstrators, starting with the Cri-Cri, including the e-Genius, E-Star, and culminating most recently with the E-Fan 1.2, as well as the fruits of the E-Aircraft Systems House collaboration with Siemens, will pave the way to a hybrid single-aisle commercial aircraft that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective,” said Paul Eremenko, Airbus’ Chief Technology Officer. “We see hybrid-electric propulsion as a compelling technology for the future of aviation.”
 The E-Fan X demonstrator will explore the challenges of high-power propulsion systems, such as thermal effects, electric thrust management, altitude and dynamic effects on electric systems and electromagnetic compatibility issues. The objective is to push and mature the technology, performance, safety and reliability enabling quick progress on the hybrid electric technology. The program also aims at establishing the requirements for future certification of electrically powered aircraft while training a new generation of designers and engineers to bring hybrid-electric commercial aircraft one step closer to reality.
As part of the E-Fan X program, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and Siemens will each contribute with their extensive experience and know-how in their respective fields of expertise:
ð       Airbus will be responsible for overall integration as well as the control architecture of the hybrid-electric propulsion system and batteries, and its integration with flight controls.
ð       Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the turbo-shaft engine, two megawatt generator, and power electronics. Along with Airbus, Rolls-Royce will also work on the fan adaptation to the existing nacelle and the Siemens electric motor.
ð       Siemens will deliver the two megawatt electric motors and their power electronic control unit, as well as the inverter, DC/DC converter, and power distribution system. This comes on top of the E-Aircraft Systems House collaboration between Airbus and Siemens, launched in 2016, which aims at development and maturation of various electric propulsion system components and their terrestrial demonstration across various power classes.
Paul Stein, Rolls-Royce, Chief Technology Officer, said: “The E-Fan X enables us to build on our wealth of electrical expertise to revolutionize flight and welcome in the third generation of aviation. This is an exciting time for us as this technological advancement will result in Rolls-Royce creating the world’s most powerful flying generator.
 “Siemens has been driving innovation in core technology fields at full speed,” said Roland Busch, Chief Technology Officer of Siemens. “In April 2016 we opened a new chapter in electric-mobility with the collaboration with Airbus. Building up electric propulsion for aircraft, we are creating new perspectives for our company and also for our customers and society. With the E-Fan X partnership, we now take the next step to demonstrate the technology in the air.”
Among the top challenges for today’s aviation sector is to move towards a means of transport with improved environmental performance, that is more efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels. The partners are committed to meeting the EU technical environmental goals of the European Commission’s Flightpath 2050 Vision for Aviation (reduction of CO2 by 60%, reduction of NOx by 90% and noise reduction by 75%). These cannot be achieved with the technologies existing today. Therefore, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are investing in and focusing research work in different technology areas including electrification. Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion are seen today as among the most promising technologies for addressing these challenges.

E-Fan X hybrid-electric technology demonstrator based on a BAe 146 is anticipated to fly in 2020 with one of the aircraft’s four gas turbine engines replaced by a two megawatt electric motor

Source: Airbus

Airports Going Green Conference 2016

IASA: Nachhaltige Luftfahrt - Sustainable Aviation

Schiphol to host international conference on sustainable aviation

 Schiphol, July, 2016: The Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will host the upcoming Airports Going Green (AGG) conference for 2016. The AGG is a aviation industry’s leading forum on sustainability. The conference has been held annually in Chicago since 2008, hosted by the Chicago Department of Aviation and the American Association of Airport Executives. This year, the conference will take place in the Netherlands for the first time. It will be hosted by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at the Hilton Amsterdam Airport, from October 31 to November 2, as part of its centennial celebrations.

The conference theme is sustainable encounters’. It posits that an international network of sustainability experts is important in order to really make a difference in the aviation industry. Conference topics will include emissions, the passenger journey, purpose over profit and the circular economy. Each of these themes will be addressed during our 3-day program. There will be exceptional keynote speeches from airports, airlines and other industries to inspire and engage the audience with their vision, successes and challenges.

Two of the speakers will be Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development and Bertrand Piccard of Solar Impulse. SkyNRG, Tesla and Siemens, as well as large international airports, will address participants and take part in interactive sessions during the conference.

In addition, Airport CEO’s and government officials will meet to discuss joint solutions for the sustainability challenges that lie ahead. Airports that have done their utmost to reach their sustainability targets will be presented with their annual Airports Going Green Award.

Delegates from all continents will be present at AGG 2016 in Amsterdam. This conference offers an ideal platform to facilitate a global transition toward a more sustainable aviation industry. Program and speaker updates will be regularly posted on the conference website at

Source: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Hybrid Electric Propulsion Systems

Airbus Group and Siemens Sign Long-Term Cooperation Agreement in the Field of Hybrid Electric
Propulsion Systems

  • Both companies take significant joint development decision
  • Assemble joint development team of some 200 employees
  • Target: breakthrough innovation in aerospace e-mobility

Munich, April 7, 2016 – Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) and Siemens
(stock exchange symbol: SIE) have signed a collaboration agreement in the field of
hybrid electric propulsion. In doing so, the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of both
companies, Tom Enders and Joe Kaeser, have launched a major joint project
towards the electrification of aviation with the goal of demonstrating the technical
feasibility of various hybrid/electric propulsion systems by 2020. Both companies will
be making significant contributions into the project and have sourced a team of
around 200 employees to advance European leadership in innovation and the
development of electrically powered aircraft.
“Electric and electric-hybrid flight represent some of the biggest industrial challenges
of our time, aiming at zero-emissions aviation. The progress we have achieved in
this arena, together with our industrial and governmental partners, in only a few
years is breath-taking, culminating in last year’s channel crossing of our all-electric
E-Fan aircraft. Big thanks today particularly to the Bavarian Government and
Minister Aigner for their support here in Ottobrunn”, said Tom Enders, CEO of
Airbus Group. “We believe that by 2030 passenger aircraft below 100 seats could be
propelled by hybrid propulsion systems and we are determined to explore this
possibility together with world-class partners like Siemens.”
“By entering the field of highly innovative aircraft propulsion technology, we’re
opening a new chapter in E-Mobility. Collaboration with Airbus Group will create new
perspectives for our company and open us up even more to disruptive innovation,”
said Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser. “The undertaking will be an important
project under the umbrella of our so-called Innovation AG. As previously announced,
the aim of this unit is to cooperate with innovative partners in order to identify and
invest in new trends and develop future-oriented business opportunities. These
partners may include entrepreneurs from Siemens’ own employee environment,
external start-ups and established companies.”

Siemens-Chef Joe Kaeser (links) und Airbus-CEO Tom Enders haben am 7.April in Ottobrunn bei München eine entsprechende Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet. Das Ziel: bis zum Jahr 2020 die technische Machbarkeit verschiedener hybrid-elektrischer Antriebssysteme nachzuweisen. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (left) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders have signed a cooperation agreement near Munich/Germany on April 7. The agreement lays out the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of different kinds of hybrid-electric propulsion systems by the year 2020.

Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (left) and Airbus CEO Tom Enders have signed a cooperation agreement near Munich/Germany on April 7. The agreement lays out the goal of demonstrating the technical feasibility of different kinds of hybrid-electric propulsion systems by the year 2020.

Hybrid-electric propulsion systems can significantly reduce fuel consumption of
aircraft and reduce noise. European emissions targets aim for a 75 percent
reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to the values for the year 2000.
These ambitious goals cannot be achieved by conventional technologies.
Airbus Group and Siemens plan to jointly develop prototypes for various propulsion
systems with power classes ranging from a few 100 kilowatts up to 10 and more
megawatts, i.e. for short, local trips with aircraft below 100 seats, helicopters or
UAVs up to classic short and medium-range journeys.
Both companies together with Austria’s Diamond Aircraft initially presented a hybrid
aircraft back in 2011. Since then, Siemens has been developing an electric engine
for aircraft which supplies five times as much power while retaining the same weight.
Airbus Group has been gathering operational experience with electrically powered
aircraft since 2014 with the E-Fan, a full electric two-seater dedicated to training
pilots. This success has been achieved together with various industrial partners and
steadfast support of the French government.
Airbus Group intends to accelerate with the extended capabilities of the planned
E-Aircraft System House at Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen site the development of
components and system technologies.
Siemens is determined to establish hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft as
a future business. The partners have agreed to collaborate exclusively in selected
development areas. In parallel, both partners will continue to work together with their
current partners for small aircraft with fewer than 20 seats.
Source: Airbus Group