Conference dedicated to electric aircraft development to be held in Cologne next month

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A two-day event in Cologne, Germany, is set to cover the electrification of all aspects of aerospace activity, from general aviation and smaller regional aircraft, to larger commercial airliners.

The Electric and Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium, which is in its fifth year, will highlight the fast-paced development of hybrid propulsion and electrical subsystem architecture and examine research into the increased electrification of aircraft. The symposium will host more than 45 speakers and 200 attendees, while the exhibitor zone will house more than 20 industry partners and technology suppliers

The speakers include representatives from CleanSky2, the European Commission, the FAA, GE, GKN Aerospace, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, who will present their views and current findings to delegates from around the world.

Topics to be covered include: the possibilities created by aircraft hybridisation; commercial aircraft application possibilities and research; battery technologies; environmental impact; solar possibilities; the possibilities of pure electric-only commercial and military flight; safety and legislative considerations; and best design practices.

Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL technical manager Matheu Parr will provide insight into the ACCEL (accelerating the electrification of flight) project and how it seeks to pioneer a third wave of aviation through a highly specialised goal of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. Evgeni Ganev, chief engineer at Honeywell Aerospace USA, will deliver a presentation that discusses the challenging propulsion needs of electric drive systems applicable to electric and hybrid aircraft. As part of this presentation, Evgeni will reveal the results from recent trade studies.

The first day of the symposium will close with a panel discussion, entitled: ‘Identifying the major hurdles on the path to all-electric flight’.

To book your conference pass and join over 200 international experts discussing electric and hybrid propulsion technology for the next generation of aircraft, go here

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