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.

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.