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InnovAtive DeMonstrator for hyBrid-Electric Regional Application

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€43 494 935
EU Contribution
€33 760 000
Project Acronym
AMBER
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport electrification (ELT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Decarbonisation
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
HORIZON-JU-Clean-Aviation-2022-01
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

A hybrid-electric propulsion system for regional aircraft is seen as a promising step towards achieving a more sustainable aviation industry. To address the challenge of climate change, the EU-funded AMBER project will seek to mature, integrate and validate key technologies necessary for a megawatt-class hybrid electric propulsion system powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel burn by at least 50 % compared to 2020 state-of-the-art regional aircraft. AMBER recognises the importance of regional aviation in leading the way towards sustainability and achieving ambitious environmental goals. The project is a step towards decarbonising aviation and reducing pollutant emissions.

Climate change poses an unprecedented challenge on today’s society. Numerous studies highlight the urgent need to decarbonize global industry and to drastically reduce pollutant emissions across all sectors, including aviation. Although, the global environmental impact of aviation is mostly driven by small-medium range market aircraft due to the large volume of operations, the development of disruptive technologies for the power demands such applications require cannot be put in place until progressive maturation of novel enabling technologies has been achieved at lower scale or sizes. The transformation of regional aviation, i.e. aircraft serving distances of 500 to 1000 km at a capacity of up to 100 seats, will thus lead the way towards sustainability and will be of particular importance. Both battery and liquid hydrogen powered fuel cell technology will not be sufficiently matured to allow the realization of a fully electric regional aircraft within the next decade. Instead, an intermediate step will be required to significantly reduce GHG emissions already by 2035.

Objectives

The development of a hybrid-electric propulsion system for regional aircraft with at least 50% hybridization represents this very challenging, yet achievable intermediate step and can allow for a mission fuel burn reduction by at least 50% compared to 2020 state-of-the-art regional aircraft. A thermal engine that allows for usage of 100% sustainable aviation fuel, will allow to reduce lifecycle GHG emissions by 90% and thus close to zero. The proposed project AMBER (innovAtive deMonstrator for hyBrid-Electric Regional application) addresses this aspect and pursues the maturation of hybrid-electric key components and the validation of a product-representative parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system architecture, fuel cell based, for next-generation regional aircraft with EIS by 2035 to meet the ambitious environmental goals set out in SRIA and the Clean Aviation topic call.

Funding

Specific funding programme
HORIZON.2.5 - Climate, Energy and Mobility
HORIZON.2.5.7 - Clean, Safe and Accessible Transport and Mobility
Other Programme
HORIZON-JU-CLEAN-AVIATION-2022-01-HER-01 Multi-MW Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System for Regional Aircraft

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Ge Avio Srl
Address
VIA I MAGGIO 99, 10040 RIVALTA DI TORINO, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€8 579 521
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Ergon Research Srl
Address
VIA GIUSEPPE CAMPANI 50, 50127 Firenze, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€411 250
Organisation
DREAM INNOVATION SRL
Address
VIA FRANCESCO PARRI 1, 81030 SANT'ARPINO, Italy
EU Contribution
€100 997
Organisation
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Address
HANSASTRASSE 27C, 80686 MUNCHEN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€3 719 500
Organisation
POLITECNICO DI BARI
Address
VIA AMENDOLA 126 B, 70126 BARI, Italy
EU Contribution
€240 000
Organisation
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Address
ALEJA KRAKOWSKA 110/114, 02-256 Warsaw, Poland
EU Contribution
€1 260 000
Organisation
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
LINDER HOHE, 51147 KOLN, Germany
EU Contribution
€437 260
Organisation
Universita Di Pisa
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€180 000
Organisation
Ge Aviation Czech Sro
Address
BERANOVYCH 65, 199 02 PRAHA, Czechia
EU Contribution
€1 442 140
Organisation
H2FLY GMBH
Address
AUGSBURGER STRASSE 293, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany
EU Contribution
€6 779 843
Organisation
Siec Badawcza Lukasiewicz-Instytutlotnictwa
Address
UL. AL KRAKOWSKA 110/114, 02 256 WARSZAWA, Poland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€901 111
Organisation
Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Praze
Address
JUGOSLAVSKYCH PARTYZANU 1580/3, 160 00 PRAHA, Czechia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€2 325 000
Organisation
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
CORSO DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 24, 10129 TORINO, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 095 122
Organisation
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Address
VIA MAIORISE, 81043 CAPUA, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 882 158
Organisation
Leonardo - Societa Per Azioni
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4, 195 Roma, Italy
EU Contribution
€452 933
EU Contribution
€265 000
Organisation
GE MARMARA TECHNOLOGY CENTER MUHENDISLIK HIZMETLERI LIMITED SIRKETI
Address
Esentepe mah. Harman 1 Sk. Nida Kule Blok No:7-9 İc Kapi No:60 SISLI, 34394 ISTANBUL, Turkey
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€508 202
Organisation
Am Testing Srl
Address
VIA PADRE EUGENIO BARSANTI 10, 56121 PISA, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€125 974
Organisation
General Electric Deutschland Holding Gmbh
Address
BLEICHSTRASSE 64-66, 60313 FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany
EU Contribution
€2 928 016
Organisation
NTI ENGINEERING SRL
Address
VIA PADRE EUGENIO BARSANTI N.10, 56121 Pisa, Italy
EU Contribution
€125 974

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft propulsion
Technology
Aviation hybrid electric powertrain
Development phase
Validation

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