Conference Program

Day 1: Wednesday, November 13

Room A Keynote Presentations
08:50 - 11:00


Carlos Javier Munoz Garcia
New electrical technologies expert
European Aviation Safety Agency


New developments in hybrid-electric propulsion system for aircraft

Dr Frank Anton
Executive vice president eAircraft
Siemens Corporate Technology
In this keynote presentation Frank Anton, executive vice president for eAircraft at Siemens Corporate Technology, will discuss new developments in hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft.


Aircraft electrification

Mark Scully
Head of technology - advanced systems and propulsion
Aerospace Technology Institute
The Aerospace Technology Institute has released a roadmap for aircraft electrical power systems. This presentation discusses the key needs and gaps, and shows a path to delivering the critical capabilities. The ATI research portfolio includes a number of challenging projects to develop capability for demonstrator aircraft and future concepts. Relevant project case studies are presented.


New electrification, new manufacturing and new power flow

Dr Hao Huang
Technology chief
GE Aviation
Aerospace is moving into a very special, bright era. The speaker will talk about this era from four perspectives: bright era – electrification perspective: proactively prepare a new roadmap based on the combination of HEP/MEA once the Brayton cycle limit is reached; bright era – additive manufacturing perspective: will change almost all aspects of the way the industry produces flight devices; bright era – WBG perspective: WBG devices, such as SiC/GaN, are a key enabler for electrification; bright era – digital perspective: includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous, Internet of Things, and so on.


European Union research activities on electric and hybrid aviation

Dr Michael Kyriakopoulos
Aviation research policy officer
European Commission
The European Union Aeronautics research program is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. The presentation will review the EU-funded research activities relevant to electric and hybrid aviation. It will highlight the research funding opportunities within Horizon 2020, and outline the European Commission proposal for the next EU research framework program (Horizon Europe).


Emission-free hybrid propulsion system for aircraft applications

Prof Josef Kallo
Head of energy systems integration
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Electric flight opens up a new dimension in aviation and offers unprecedented opportunities for sustainable mobility in the future. A growing number of projects in research institutions and industry are investigating how electric – and thus emission-free and low-noise – aircraft concepts can be implemented, and which application scenarios are the most promising.

11:00 - 11:30


Room A Propulsion Systems Design
11:30 - 17:00


Florian Hilpert
Group leader aviation electronics
Fraunhofer IISB


Smartflyer – the hybrid-electric propulsion system for the future

Rolf Stuber
CEO / head of design
Smartflyer Ltd
The presentation will introduce a serial hybrid-electric configuration as the future propulsion of aviation. It offers quiet operation around airports, two-engine reliability on a single propeller, and efficient use of energy with smart power management.


Electric propulsion for Airlander 10, the first hybrid air vehicle

Andy Barton
Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited
The Airlander 10 is a revolutionary new aircraft that combines the properties of an airship (buoyant lift), airplane (aerodynamic lift) and helicopter (vectored thrust) with a large upper surface, which makes it an ideal candidate for full electrification. The prototype Airlander 10 flew in the UK as a civil aircraft in 2016 and 2017 with fossil fuel engines. The production Airlander 10 will have the option of being fitted with electric propulsion and solar panels, enabling a 1,000kg payload to be carried for up to 60 days, or 60 passengers to be transported over 1,000km, with no fossil fuel burn.


Propulsion for electric and hybrid aircraft

Evgeni Ganev
Chief engineer
Honeywell Aerospace
The presentation discusses the challenging propulsion needs of electric drive systems applicable to electric and hybrid aircraft. Novel system architectures are considered and advantages quantified in line with the major components like electric rotating machines, motor controllers and speed reduction elements. Criteria for selection are presented, keeping in mind interfaces, cooling options, lubrication, power distribution, power quality, EMI and partial discharge events. Different levels of system and component integration are considered as a major driver to achieve the best power densities. Results from trade studies will be presented.

12:45 - 14:00



Advantages of axial flux motor technologies in electric aircraft

Dr Michael Lampérth
Phi-Power Ag
Axial flux motors offer an excellent torque-to-speed ratio, making them suitable for direct-drive operation. The presentation will explain the fundamental physical laws of axial flux machines and compare them with conventional motor typologies. A review of different types of axial flux motors (internal rotor, external rotor, multi-core machines) will follow, with an assessment of their suitability for electric and hybrid aircraft applications. To conclude, a summary of Phi-Power application examples will be presented.


EMC and system integration – a major challenge for hybrid and electric propulsion

Tobias Willuhn
Program manager aerospace and defense
Rohde & Schwarz
Hybrid and electric propulsion is shaping the future of the aviation industry. In the race to bring the new propulsion concepts to global markets and provide safe, secure and sustainable mobility services, aerospace designers and engineers are looking to many different technologies to address the associated challenges. In particular, challenges in EMC and system integration represent uncharted waters in the new aviation era but are fundamental for providing business-critical capabilities such as autonomous flight, inflight connectivity, communication links and flight navigation.


Use of wingtip propulsion and lifting body for electric aircraft design

Serafín Escudero
R&D project leader/technical leader
Recent studies and forecasts suggest that to achieve a reduction in greenhouse emissions, the aeronautical industry must evolve into more efficient solutions based on electric technologies. Altran’s current strategy looks into hybrid and electric R&D projects. This paper is focused on the development of new solutions applied to an electric aircraft, under FAR CS-23 regulations, with 20kft cruise ceiling, two hours endurance plus 30 minutes contingency flight, and propulsive efficiency enhancements such as a state-of-the-art wingtip propulsive system and lifting body. Analytical calculations and CFD studies are presented for different configurations and geometries, changing the perspective on design methodologies.

15:15 - 15:45



Concept of electrical power transfer for turbofan engine performance enhancement

Serhiy Bozhko
Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham
Turbofan engines are designed for optimum performance in cruise conditions, with certain operational constraints in other flight scenarios due to thermodynamic coupling between low-pressure (LP) and high-pressure (HP) shafts. Considering that in the more-electric engines (MEE) the power is considered to be extracted by electrical machines that are mounted on both the HP and LP shafts, the study investigates the potential of further engine performance improvements by controlled electrical power transfer between the shafts, seeking for optimized operation depending on engine operating mode (EOM).


Additional presentations will be added shortly

Room A Identifying the major hurdles on the path to all-electric flight
17:00 - 18:00

This panel discussion will take on the task of identifying the major technical developments necessary to move along the path to all electric flight. Reviewing the priorities and assessing the progress toward each, the discussion will provide attendees the opportunity to add their own perspective on the priorities and progress to that of the expert panel


Prof Josef Kallo
Head of energy systems integration
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Panel Discussion - Identifying the major hurdles on the path to all-electric flight

David Jenson
Electric propulsion technology lead, small airplane standards
Federal Aviation Administration
Lowell Foster
Director, global innovation and engineering
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
Dr Martin Nagelsmit
Program manager electric flight
Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre
Mark Scully
Head of technology - advanced systems and propulsion
Aerospace Technology Institute
Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change