Honeywell develops biofuel-powered generator for - Smart Energy Decisions

Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 11, 2021

Honeywell develops biofuel-powered generator for hybrid-electric aircrafts

Honeywell announced March 8 the development of a 1 MW generator that will be able to act as a power source for hybrid-electric aircrafts and run on aviation biofuel.

The aerospace product developer is creating a 280-pound generator that would deliver enough energy to power an entire neighborhood block. The new turbogenerator will run on green biofuel in combination with conventional jet fuel and diesel.

Honeywell signed a memorandum of understanding with the British startup Faradair Aerospace in December to work on developing a turbogeneration unit that would run on sustainable aviation fuel for Faradair’s Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft. Faradair plans to deliver 300 such models into service by 2030.

The generator will be used to operate high-power electric motors or charge batteries for heavy-lift technology like cargo drones, air taxis, or commuter aircraft. Honeywell will combine the generator with its auxiliary power unit, which is currently flown on every Airbus A350 XWB, to form this new turbogenerator that is 2.5 times more powerful than the version the company released in 2019.

“There is an inherent need for electric and hybrid-electric power as the urban air mobility segment takes shape and unmanned aerial vehicles enter service,” Stephane Fymat, vice president and general manager for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Urban Air Mobility at Honeywell Aerospace, said in a statement. “Our turbogenerators provide a safe, lightweight package to serve these burgeoning segments, and we're designing our solutions to meet the unique needs of customers developing aerial vehicles of the future.”

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