Manufacturing News from the Engineered Designer Perspective

English-French partners show all-electric aircraft at Paris Air Show

Global aerospace company the EADS Group revealed today at the Paris Air Show an electric aircraft it has been developing with the French aerospace manufacturer Aero Composites Saintonge (ACS). The company has been testing a number of electric propulsion systems as well.

Electric trainer aircraft, the E-Fan from British aerospace firm EADS and French counterpart ACS. It was unveiled at the Paris Air Show on June 16.

EADS first introduced a small all-electric plane in 2011, known as the Cri-Cri. Now, with the aim of developing low-emissions, non-fossil fuel-powered aircraft, EADS has taken another “strategic step forward” with an electric aircraft called the E-Fan. The E-Fan is a fully electric training aircraft developed by EADS and ACS, propelled by two electric motors. The motors are mounted on the fuselage and are powered by battery packs housed in the wings. It is the first electric aircraft to use ducted fans to reduce noise, the company says. Another innovation is in the use of electric motors in the landing gear for taxiing and acceleration for takeoff.

EADS is positioning the two-seater E-Fan demonstrator as suitable for pilot training in the future.

The use of electric-powered landing gear will be of considerable interest to airlines because of the great potential for saving fuel. Each airliner, over its lifetime, can travel around 200,000 kilometres on the ground. The conventional jet engine is not fuel-efficient for ground propulsion, and it is estimated that a large airliner could burn up to 5 million litres of fuel on the ground each year. Eliminating the need for that would save airlines millions in fuel.

EADS has also worked with Siemens and Diamond Aircraft to develop a hybrid electric glider.

In developing innovative new propulsion systems for aircraft, EADS is working to meet the aviation industry’s environmental goals, which call for a 75 per cent reduction in aircraft CO2 by 2050, as well as a 90 per cent reduction in Nitrogen Oxides, and 65 per cent reduction in noise levels, all compared to the standards of the year 2000.

More Great Stories
Ontario exports to lead country in 2016, mainly on demand for cars and parts
Exports of Ontario-made vehicles and parts will lead the growth in the province’s exports in 2 [more]
Canada adopts ISO 20022 international electronic payment standard
The Canadian Payments Association (CPA), which provides the infrastructure for the country’s f [more]
Canada’s start-ups need more help to become global players: OCC
Canadians do a good job of creating new businesses, but we don’t do so well at growing them. W [more]
Lockheed Martin seeking industry partners in new innovation and research facility
Lockheed Martin Canada opened its new Impact Centre in Ottawa today, the company announced in a [more]
Demand for industrial real estate soaring in Canada: report
Falling oil prices and a weakening Canadian dollar helped drive the industrial real estate marke [more]
More R&D, innovation not free trade deals needed to boost Canada’s exports: economist
Anyone with an interest in trade policy in Canada can be forgiven for feeling bewildered by the [more]

Other Popular News and Stories

  • Contractors, steel workers unions support Northern Gateway pipeline
  • Siemens awarded largest ever contract for onshore wind turbines
  • Oilsands companies hope to innovate cleaner, more profitable future
  • Mixed news for industrial production capacity, employment
  • Little support in auto industry for Canada/Korea free trade deal
  • Natural resources, manufacturing show stronger than expected growth in February
  • Will Ukraine be Canada's next big oil market?
  • Aerospace volatility evident in manufacturing output for December
  • Ontario homebuilder first to offer power storage system as option
  • More R&D, innovation not free trade deals needed to boost Canada's exports: economist
  • Industrial chemicals producers report second-most profitable year
  • Toronto team receives $250,000 prize for human-powered helicopter
  • Researchers fly first hybrid-electric aircraft with in-flight battery recharging
  • Proposed BC oil refinery has economic merit: study
  • Federal money continues to flow to clean technology innovators
  • Audit pans government's climate change progress
  • Pembina set for biggest expansion in its history
  • PPG Industries expands NA presence with $1 billion coatings takeover
  • West Coast group looking at LNG as marine fuel
  • Unusual hydrogen car could soon be built in UK