Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a enterprise unit of Pratt & Whitney, plans to advance its hybrid-electric propulsion expertise and flight demonstrator program as a part of a $163 million CAD funding, supported by the governments of Canada and Quebec.
“We see hybrid-electric propulsion methods as one of many key routes to creating plane of the long run much more gas environment friendly. We count on that smaller plane, together with regional airliners, would be the first to profit from this expertise, creating a transparent alternative for India to develop these segments in a sustainable method,” stated Ashmita Sethi, president and nation head, Pratt & Whitney.
“India has one of many latest and most gas environment friendly plane fleets on the planet, powered by our GTF, V2500, PT6 and PW100 engine households. So India’s aviation sector is beautifully positioned to steer a sustainable flying roadmap sooner or later.”
The brand new hybrid-electric propulsion expertise will drive vital enhancements in plane effectivity by optimizing efficiency throughout the completely different phases of flight, permitting the demonstrator to focus on a 30 per cent discount in gas burn and CO2 emissions, in comparison with a contemporary regional turboprop airliner.
P&WC is working with De Havilland Plane of Canada Ltd (De Havilland Canada) to combine this hybrid-electric expertise right into a De Havilland Canada Sprint 8-100 flight demonstrator. This demonstrator will embrace a sophisticated electrical motor and controller from Collins Aerospace, additionally a Raytheon Applied sciences enterprise.
“Pratt & Whitney Canada is a frontrunner towards ever extra sustainable plane propulsion applied sciences and be an integral a part of Canada’s inexperienced restoration plan,” stated Maria Della Posta, president, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “With a long-time dedication to sustainability and as Canada’s high aerospace investor in analysis & improvement, having invested $500 million CAD yearly, we’re driving financial development, innovation and workforce experience to profit the atmosphere. Hybrid-electric expertise has an essential position to play in enabling the subsequent step-change in effectivity for plane engines, and we’re uniquely positioned to exhibit this potential.”
P&WC will goal floor testing in 2022, resulting in flight testing of the Sprint 8-100 demonstrator in 2024.
Creating hybrid-electric propulsion expertise is a core component of Pratt & Whitney’s technique to make aviation extra sustainable. The corporate can also be dedicated to repeatedly advancing the effectivity of gasoline turbine engines throughout its portfolio, whereas supporting the broader use of sustainable aviation fuels, and pursuing various fuels.
Pratt & Whitney, a unit of Raytheon Applied sciences is engaged within the design, manufacture and repair of plane and helicopter engines, and auxiliary energy items.