Rolls-Royce Unveils Electric Plane Aiming for Records

rolls royce unveils an electric plane aimed at the records book
rolls royce unveils an electric plane aimed at the records book

With the launch of the ACCEL project aircraft at Gloucestershire Airport, Rolls-Royce has taken an important step towards its goal of producing the fastest fully powered aircraft in the world. Work will be underway to integrate the groundbreaking electric drive system so that the zero-emission aircraft will enter the record book with a speed target of 2020+ MPS (300+ KMS) in late spring 480.


The aircraft is an important part of Rolls-Royce's ACC Accelerating Flight Electrification girişim initiative (ACCEL) and its strategy to become a leader in electrification. The project includes several partners, including the electric motor and control manufacturer YASA and the aviation start-up Electroflight. Half of the project funding is provided by the Institute of Aeronautical Technology (ATI) in partnership with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Innovate UK.

Ticaret The UK has a proud legacy of advances in aviation technology and an enviable world-wide reputation, Birleşik said UK Trade Minister Nadhim Zahawi. Flight electrification has the potential to revolutionize travel and change aviation in the coming decades. In this way, we will be able to travel around the world with a low carbon footprint. Rolls-Royce, backed by state funding, will push the boundaries even further and bring out the fastest electric plane ever. ”

Rob Watson, Rolls-Royce Electrical Systems Director, said: m The world's fastest electric aircraft is a revolutionary step forward in aviation. We are very happy to showcase the ACCEL project aircraft. This is not just a step towards a world record attempt. While expanding Rolls-Royce's capacity, it will also play a key role in ensuring the transition to a low-carbon global economy. '

The ionBird test plane frame, which bears the name of the aircraft's electronic propulsion technology, is also on display. ionBird will be used for testing before the drive system is fully integrated into the aircraft. Tests for the next few months include full power operation of the propulsion system and checks for important flight availability.

El ATI is proud to partner with Rolls-Royce in the ACCEL program, because we believe this will lead to exciting new developments in the electric drive system, Gary said Gary Elliott, CEO of the Institute of Aviation Technology. One of ATI's priorities is to make aviation more sustainable. ACCEL will be a critical step for our more comprehensive goals for the UK aviation industry. We are excited to establish a new and innovative supply chain that combines cross-sector expertise, start-up energy and leadership in the field, bringing together the best of the UK. ”

ACCEL will have the most powerful battery case ever installed on an airplane. The battery box will supply 250 homes with a single charge or provide enough energy to fly from London to Paris. The 6.000 cells of the battery box are combined to minimize weight and maximize thermal protection. The advanced cooling system provides optimum performance by directly cooling the cells during high power record attempts.

The impeller is cooled by three axial electric motors with high power density. The speed of the impeller blades per minute is much lower than the standard airplane. This ensures a more stable and much quieter ride. When combined, they will consistently provide over 500 horsepower for the record attempt. The fully electrically powered powertrain delivers 90% energy efficiency and zero emissions even in the record attempt. (By comparison, a Formula 1 racing car can achieve energy efficiency of up to 50%).

Chris Harris, CEO of YASA, said: A YASA's electric motor technology is ideal for energizing electric flight. The opportunities we see on the roads come to the forefront in air travel, where the reduction of size and weight becomes even more important for a given power and torque. We share the passion of the team at Rolls-Royce for engineering. We are happy to partner with them in the ACCEL project, which has opened a new era in sustainable, electric flight. ”

The ACCEL project is just one of Rolls-Royce's initiatives to develop lower carbon energy. These include the partnership with Airbus in the E-Fan X technology test vehicle project, an important step towards hybrid electric commercial aircraft on the scale of today's single-aisle jet family. Widerøe, Scandinavia's largest regional airline, is also working on a joint research program on zero-emission aviation. The program aims to electrify the airline's regional fleet of more than 2030 aircraft by 30.


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