Project implemented under the Horizon 2020 framework program, funded by the European Commission. It is a 4-year research and innovation initiative on hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aviation, a technology that opens a new design space for aircraft and may provide a revolutionary step in improving their efficiency.
The aim of the IMOTHEP project is analysing potential technologies and technical issues for hybrid electric propulsion at the relevant scale. The project requires exploring the technology for commercial aircraft that represents the bulk of current airlines’ fleets and aviation’s emissions. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is key for aviation to pursue its development in the service of society and people mobility. This calls for ambitious research and disruptive solutions well beyond the continuous improvement of current aircraft technologies. The ultimate goal of the project is to achieve a key step in assessing the potential of hybrid electric propulsion for reducing the emissions of commercial aviation and eventually to build the technology roadmap for its development.
The project coordinator is ONERA, the French aerospace research lab. The IMOTHEP consortium gathers thirty-three key aviation industry and research stakeholders: the major European aircraft manufacturers, leading engines manufacturers, European aeronautic research organisations from EREA, higher education organisations, a think tank, an intergovernmental organisation, and a consulting company in innovation management. IMOTHEP receives support also from EASA as third party. In addition, IMOTHEP develops international cooperation with Russia, as well as with Canada.
The project is being carried out at the Institute of Aviation in the Transport Systems Department (Center of Aviation Technologies).
IMOTHEP in brief:
- A holistic approach toward hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aircraft
- An in-depth analysis of power train technology in close connection with propulsion architecture
- The ambition to get a clear view of potential HEP benefit
- A powerful multidisciplinary consortium
- A will to outreach to stakeholders and on-going projects to elaborate the European roadmap toward HEP
Project coordinator: Paweł Abratowski, PhD Eng.
Phone: (+ 48) 22 846 00 11 ext. 861
Project duration: 01.01.2020 – 31.12.2023
Funding institution: European Commission
Programme name: Mobility for Growth
Project website: www.imothep-project.eu
ONERA – OFFICE NATIONAL D’ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES, AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA, DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT – UND RAUMFAHRT EV, LEONARDO – SOCIETA PER AZIONI, SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, GE Avio, L – UP SAS, AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH, GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB, CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB, SIEĆ BADAWCZA ŁUKASIEWICZ – INSTYTUT LOTNICTWA, INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE AEROSPATIALA “ELIE CARAFOLI”- INCAS BUCURESTI, INDUSTRIA DE TURBO PROPULSORES S.A.U., STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM, SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS, MTU AERO ENGINES AG, BAUHAUS LUFTFAHRT EV, UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE, INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE L’AERONAUTIQUE ET DE L’ESPACE, TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE, POLITECNICO DI BARI, THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, EUROCONTROL – EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION, FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE THE CENTRAL AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER PROF. N.E. ZHUKOVSKY, FEDERALNOE GOSUDARSTVENNOE UNITARNOE PREDPRIYATIE CENTRALNII INSTITUTAVIACIONOGO MOTOROSTROENIYA IMENI PI BARANOVA, STATE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF AVIATION SYSTEMS, National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”, Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)