Electric planes: the new frontier of zero emission flights
Added on Tue November 16th, 2021
As with the automotive industry, aircraft are also moving towards zero-emission propulsion. Wright, a U.S. start-up, aims to develop electric planes that go beyond smaller, lighter models, and its new 2-megawatt engine could be the solution.
The engineering efforts are therefore focusing on increasing as much as possible the ratio between power and weight, also maximizing operating efficiency. Reducing the mass of batteries is now a very long process, so they are focusing on refining materials, perfecting the chassis and, of course, the engine.
Wright is trying to get around these obstacles. Startup founder Jeff Engler explained that everyone need to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. Referring to the promising 2 Megawatt (about 2,700 horsepower) engine, he explains that it is the most powerful electric engine ever designed for aviation and it is substantially lighter than any other on the market. The development team has no shortage of know-how, but at least initially they will start with hybrid solutions to take advantage of the best features of fuel combustion and battery power.
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