(VIDEO) Siemens EADS DA36 E-Star 2 the range-extender plane gets updated

22/06/2013

While EADS highlights the E-Fan and E-Thrust technologies, Siemens presents the new developments of the DA36 E-Star 2 a Diamond Aircraft equipped with a range extender technology (series hybrid) developed jointly by Siemens and EADS.


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In 2011 at the Paris Air Show, the first prototype was presented, this 2013 version shows a weight reduction of 100kg.

The DA36 E-Star 2 made a one hour inaugural flight last June 1st with a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of 25% thanks to the improved weight / power ratio.

With a Wankel engine used as generator, the maximum power is 80kW and 65kW in continuous (the weight of the electric motor is only 13kg) or a two fold increase compared to the first prototype.

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"The technology is scalable and will soon be making its way into small aircraft and in the future, commercial aircraft with 50 to 100 passengers, making aviation 'greener'," said Ralf-Michael Franke, CEO of Siemens Drive Technologies Division. 

Siemens and EADS have just signed a memorandum of understanding on a long-term research with Diamond Aircraft for the electric propulsion system.

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