Airbus moving forward on hybrid-electric facility

E-Aircraft Systems Test House takes shape

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Airbus has celebrated the topping out of the E-Aircraft Systems Test House at its Taufkirchen/Ottobrunn site near Munich in Germany.

The facility will provide the infrastructure to install hybrid-electric propulsion systems with a total power of up to 2×20 MW for Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems Program.

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The project is on schedule for completion in March 2019. Afterwards, test benches will be installed, and first tests could already be conducted in the second half of 2019.

The E-Aircraft Systems Test House is a key enabler for Airbus’ strategy on the development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems. Its main objective will be the integration of different sub-systems. It will include test benches for the integration with batteries and gas turbines, energy distribution systems and electric drives.